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May 10, 2018

Warner Offers Harassment Training for the Banking and Financial Services Industries

What do Hollywood, the Media and Washington have in common? Blockbuster allegations – and occasional admissions – of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior. As more and more victims come forward, it has never been more apparent that workplace harassment continues to happen on a regular basis. Employers’ responsibility to prevent such conduct and protect their employees is therefore front and center.

American Banker recently conducted a study (3/13/2018) of sexual harassment across all professional industries, including banking, payments, mortgages, financial advisory, accounting, healthcare, employee benefits and capital markets (including municipal finance and M&A advising). It was found that sexually harassing conduct was most prevalent in the wealth management industry. However, that does not mean that banking and financial services should not also be concerned about harassment in the workplace.

Warner Norcross + Judd attorneys regularly counsel and represent organizations dealing with workplace harassment issues. We also train organizations and their workforce to prevent harassment before it begins, and steps to take if a situation arises. In fact, we offer specific harassment training for banks (including all financial services institutions) and their employees.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Recent high profile harassment cases.
  • The EEOC’s new online complaint intake system.
  • What your policies should include.
  • The importance of live training.
  • The potential for personal liability not just of a harasser, but also of leaders who failed to take action.
  • How to conduct a proper investigation.
  • When to involve outside counsel.
  • How you can properly insure your business against harassment claims.

A key component of our training concerns bystanders to the harassment. Bystanders include employees who are neither a harasser nor a victim, but are witness to the harassment. Our training identifies four ways bystanders can intervene to end harassing behavior early.

If your organization is interested in learning more about our banking and financial services workplace harassment training sessions or have questions on the topic, please contact Rodney Martin or your Warner attorney.

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