• Employers May Want to Re-Issue Anti-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policies
  • April 30, 2003
  • Law Firm: Ford & Harrison LLP - Atlanta Office
  • Following the September 11th tragedies, there were numerous reports of retaliatory actions by co-workers against Arab-Americans. Most employers have anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies (all should) that set forth the employer's position that workplace discrimination or harassment based on race, sex, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, color, age, religion, disability, veteran, marital and other protected status will not be tolerated.

    These policies should set forth a complaint procedure that an employee can use to report this type of discrimination or harassment. Employers who have promulgated this type of policy and regularly publish it to their employees are able to use those facts when defending discrimination and harassment complaints. For example, if an employee is aware of the policy but fails to utilize it before filing a complaint of discrimination or harassment, the employer will often succeed in the case. Thus, with the anniversary of September 11th approaching, it is a good idea for employers to re-issue their policies to make sure all employees know that such conduct will not be tolerated and that there is a procedure employees may follow to obtain prompt resolution of any problems they may have.