Harassment Prevention Policies

California law requires employers to develop written harassment, discrimination and retaliation policies.

It is critical to both develop and implement written anti-harassment and non-discrimination policies that contain effective internal complaint procedures.

The fact that you maintain an anti-harassment policy and an internal complaint procedure does not completely insulate you from liability for sexual harassment. If your policy does not specifically prohibit sexual harassment or if your procedure requires that an employee must first report an incident to a supervisor who might actually be the harasser, the policies and procedures are not effective and are not compliant with the law.