FORT SMITH – The Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting an upcoming seminar dealing with workplace issues such as conduct and harassment, and how business owners can protect themselves against claims. The meeting will be held on July 24th, at 1:00 PM.

“The #MeToo movement started a national conversation about workplace conduct, and we’re now seeing hard evidence that harassment claims are on the rise,” the Chamber said in a release. “Preliminary data provided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission shows a significant increase in the number of sexual harassment charges filed, and a big increase in the number of harassment lawsuits in general.  In addition to the legal risks, harassment claims are bad for business.”

Organizers of the seminar note that last year brought calls to boycott Uber and Nike over harassment issues, driven largely by social media campaigns. Other companies—such as Wynn Resorts—saw a negative impact on stock prices following public allegations against owners or executives.

“The reputational damage caused by harassment claims can be long-lasting and costly.”

In this scenario-packed session, Stuart Jackson of Wright Lindsey Jennings will discuss:

  • What is and is not “actionable” harassment (and why you should be concerned with both types);
  • Best practices for businesses to follow to avoid harassment claims or lawsuits;
  • The important role supervisors and managers play; and
  • The danger to employers from retaliation claims – even when the underlying claim of harassment is found to be without merit.

The Chamber says as part of the seminar, you also will be provided a model anti-harassment policy to consider incorporating into your employee handbook.

Tickets for the event are $80 for Chamber members, $100 for non members.


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