With the rise of the #MeToo movement and growing awareness around discrimination, employers who fail to enforce proper workplace conduct are at more risk than ever before. According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there were 50 percent more sexual harassment lawsuits filed in 2018 than the previous year, and other types of discrimination suits related to unequal pay and treatment are also on the rise. To employers, these numbers may seem scary, but avoiding lawsuits is possible through the proper application of workplace policies.
For an employee to successfully claim discrimination or harassment, they must prove they were treated differently than their colleagues. This makes consistency critical in the workplace. This article covers a few ways to address inconsistency in your organization and prevent unwanted lawsuits.