Workplace harassment has always been a serious concern for employees and employers alike, but it is especially so in today’s world. As more and more individuals come forward alleging abuse or misconduct in the workplace, it is imperative to look at why this is a growing problem. No industry is exempt from charges of discrimination or harassment, including information technology (IT) companies. Workplace discrimination comes in many different shapes and forms, including bad behavior, conduct, actions, and statements made to or about an employer or applicant that creates an uncomfortable environment.
While there are specific training methods in place designed to prevent discrimination and harassment, these types of cases still take place at an alarming rate. The IT industry is extremely powerful in today’s economy, and this isn’t expected to change any time soon. It is imperative that new tech start-ups ensure they are in compliance with the various employment laws and have policies that protect both themselves and workers. Compliance with privacy laws and regulations, including HIPAA, is particularly important to the IT industry. If a company breaks these laws or fails to remain in compliance, they could be subject to expensive fines, class actions, and complex litigation.
Preventing Discrimination and Harassment
Any kind of discrimination or harassment should not be tolerated in the workplace – regardless of who is involved and what the circumstances are. These types of actions directly violate an individual’s rights not only as a worker, but as a human being. Harassment in the workplace can also expose IT companies to costly lawsuits, which can be especially difficult for smaller start-ups.
In order for IT companies to avoid facing serious allegations of harassment or discrimination, they must focus on preventing these types of behaviors and actions. The first way to do this is by adopting policies and procedures against discrimination and properly training employees. Every single company – IT or otherwise – should have written policies and procedures in place pertaining to anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and anti-retaliation. In the event it is discovered that your company violated discrimination laws or other compliance regulations in one way or another, it is a good idea to retain the services of an experienced Frisco employment lawyer. Not only will a lawyer be able to advise you on how to proceed, but they will help you understand your rights and what you can expect from these types of charges.
The IT industry has been at the center of numerous headlines lately, namely because of data breaches and supposed misconduct (think Tesla). In order for those within this industry to protect workers and provide a safe environment, they must focus on anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies. If you work within the IT industry and are facing harassment allegations, or if you have been the victim of discriminatory behaviors by your employer or co-workers, please contact Janovsky & Associates today. Attorney Janovsky offers free consultations and is prepared to fight for your rights today.