Keeping Peace On The Floor

Our strong anti-sexual-harassment policies work, but we still have to wrestle with plenty of ambiguity

Almost every small-businessperson I talk to is terrified of being sued for sexual harassment. They constantly fret over whether some objectionable employee behavior is going to land them in court and cost them thousands of dollars in settlement costs. Indeed, two years ago, my family business, Emerald Packaging Inc., settled a sexual-harassment case a former employee filed against our company and one of our supervisors. Including legal and settlement costs, the bill topped $40,000.

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