LANSING – Sexual harassment in the news has many employers questioning if their workplace is free from harassment, but they may be overlooking other issues. Employers shouldn’t limit their attention to just sexual harassment. There are other types of harassment that are equally unlawful and need to be avoided.

Harassment based on any protected status such as race, ethnicity and religion are equally prohibited. Employers need to take steps to prevent and deal with all types of harassment because as an employer, they could be held liable for themselves as well as managers, employees and those that do business for the company. The following are effective ways to minimize exposure of a harassment claim and if you have additional questions, speak with one of our HR Professionals.

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