Startups face many growth challenges, but they are particularly vulnerable to sexual harassment claims. So reports AboveTheLaw.
Many startups seem to care little about human resources as they focus on all the other hurdles that can hamper growth, writes Richard Cohen, partner at New York-based law firm FisherBroyles. By placing 20-year-olds fresh out of school in an open office environment with little in the way of anti-harassment policies or even an HR person, startups are opening themselves up to lots of problems.
“In ‘growth mode’ a start-up, with no HR person, might have no idea what constitutes good hiring practices and could easily violate the anti-discrimination laws,” Cohen writes. “And start-ups, if successful, may grow and hire rapidly, with little or no vetting, and typically foster frat-like behavior, sexual bantering (welcome and unwelcome), and sexual harassment.”