Your business has a duty to protect employees’ mental and physical health. Discrimination and harassment can cause injury and illness, and impair the morale of your most important asset: people. Training sends a clear message “from the top” that employees are supported and respected, and that each person feels they “belong.”
Liability & Litigation
Employers may be liable at law if they ignore signs and complaints of discrimination and harassment, or do not make best efforts to prevent them. Keep in mind:
- The risk of incidents occurring is reduced when your whole organization understands what conduct is “off-side”;
- Harassment and discrimination on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity (among others) are prohibited under human /civil rights laws in all North American jurisdictions;
- In the face of any allegations, training can limit corporate liability for civil litigation and human rights claims.
Loss of Business & Brand Reputation
Your customers, employees, and all stakeholders expect leadership to prioritize a key business imperative: diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
A failure to make sustained efforts can be a “brand killer” that erodes customer trust. Similarly, do the wrong thing – or nothing – about workplace racism, and your employees will let you know by: quitting, bringing legal claims and complaints, or publicly “calling out” their employer on social media.