Three recent U.S. SupremeCourt decisions and a June guidance from the Equal Employment OpportunityCommission have sent a strong message to employers faced with employmentdiscrimination suits: An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.Consequently, managementattorneys are advising corporate clients to strengthen harassment and anti-discriminationpolicies, make it easier for employees to report complaints, investigatepromptly and correct harassment.
Some are even suggestingemployers take steps beyond the requirements of the law. The incentiveto do so is twofold: Aside from creating a more peaceful workplace, employerswho can demonstrate significant efforts to comply with anti-discriminationlaws may avoid or minimize liability.
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