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62 THE SHOP MARCH 2018 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ session and then ignore the issue for five or 10 years." A second mistake is not escalating com- plaints high enough in the chain of com- mand. "Higher-level people, including those in human resources or in the legal depart- ment for those businesses which have them, should review every reported incident." Smaller organizations should have top executives handle the complaints. A third mistake is giving a harasser too many chances. "Sometimes a second chance is in order," says Harkins. "Perhaps an ordinarily well- behaved person commits an aberrational infraction, or there are some questions about proof." Other times, a complainant will ask that a person not be fired for a single infraction. "In such cases an employer might take other remedial action," says Harkins. "But, if there is a second incident of harassment, the employer should move to termination." GREATER PROFITS While every business wants to avoid the financial penalties resulting from sexual harassment, there's more at stake than simply avoiding costly lawsuits. "People are often concerned about the legal liabilities for sexual harassment, and that aspect of the problem has certainly been making the headlines recently," says Gregg. "But, legal liability should not be what drives the topic. It should be the real- ization that a respectful workplace leads to higher profitability." Employees are more productive when they are not sidetracked by the need to protect themselves from sexual advances, says Gregg. "Create a respectful workplace—not because the law makes you do it, but because it's to the benefit of your organi- zation and your employees.". New York City-based journalist Phillip M. Perry publishes widely in the fields of business management and law. PREVENTING SEXUAL HARASSMENT Create a respectful workplace— not because the law makes you do it, but because it's to the benefit of your organization and your employees. Daily eNewsletters Monthly Products & Deals Published Monthly 24/7 Industry Directory Subscribe at or call 800.870.0904 the Magazine MORE & AFTERMARKET ALLEY • Upgrade your factory hood with this sporty option. • Designed specifically for 2007–2017 Jeep Wrangler 2 and 4 door models. • Tested nationwide at various off-road parks and climate levels. • Inner and outer fiberglass panels reinforced with aluminum supports for strength. • Provides nearly 50% weight reduction yet maintains solid structure for off-road use. • Available in gray primer gel coat finish. • Each hood is hand crafted in the USA with pride.

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