Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you may find yourself or your business dealing with some legal complications. That’s where IHRSA’s briefing papers come in handy. When you have questions, we have answers. We’re here to give your health club the specific legal information you need to make an informed decision regarding your business.
So let’s talk about harassment. What is it? Who can do it? Do you need a policy on it? What should that policy say? This briefing paper answers all these questions and more! Harassment is a serious form of discrimination. It is unwelcome conduct based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, disability or genetic information.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) -- the federal agency charged with enforcement of federal anti-discrimination law -- in 2016 they recovered approximately $97.8 million for employees who filed charges of harassment. Since health clubs have a ‘social’ atmosphere, club operators are vulnerable to hostile environment sexual harassment charges, which are the predominant type of both general harassment and sexual harassment claims.