Why You Need Them
Every business is required by law to have both a discrimination and sexual harassment policy. These policies must also include what managers will do if a co-worker, team member or subordinate feels they have been discriminated against or sexually harassed.
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act forbids discrimination in the workplace including race, sex, age, religion, national origin and people with disabilities. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or EEOC governs both discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. The EEOC defines sexual harassment as unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
If you're a project manager, take the time to become familiar with both discrimination and sexual harassment explained in Project Manager Tips for Discrimination and Sexual Harassment.
Beyond these policies being the law, most insurance companies require that a written discrimination and sexual harassment policy are in place before a company obtains liability, workman's compensation insurance and other types of coverage depending upon your business.
Failing to provide effective policies and procedures could place project managers in a tough spot if an incident occurs. A good and well-written policy will not only define what discrimination and sexual harassment are, they should also include steps and guides on what project managers can do if an incident does occur.