Connecticut Agency, Paradiso Insurance, Educates Business Owners on How to Prevent Harassment in the Workplace

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There were 11,364 receipts filed in the year 2011 alleging sexual harassment discrimination. While the number has been on the decline since the year 2004, there is still room for improvement.

Paradiso Insurance of Connecticut

Connecticut insurance agency, Paradiso Insurance, provides education to business owners in order to prevent various types of harassment in the workplace. The agency believes that maintaining a high morale in the office plays a key role in the continuance of business growth. Employees who feel mistreated or harassed may not only perform poorly, but may turn on the company, as well.

A wronged employee has every right to file a harassment claim against a business. As a result, companies must be prepared for the worst case scenario by looking into an employment practices liability insurance policy (EPLI). Those without an EPLI policy in place may suffer financial consequences from this type of claim.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), there were 11,364 receipts filed in the year 2011 alleging sexual harassment discrimination. While the number has been on the decline since the year 2004, there is still room for improvement.

There are various types of harassment that could happen in the office. Here are a few that all business owners should be aware of:

Power-player: The legal term for this type of harassment is “quid pro quo.” In this type of scenario, the harassers insist on sexual favors in exchange for benefits that they can dispense because of their hierarchy position.

Opportunist: This type of harasser will use physical settings and circumstances, or infrequently occurring opportunities, to mask intentional and/or premeditated sexual behavior towards targets in the office.

One-of-the-gang: A group of men or women embarrass and harass others with rude comments, physical comments or any other sexual attention that is clearly unwanted.

Great Gallant: This verbal harassment may be hard to catch because the harasser may “seem nice” by showering the other employee with compliments. However, the excessive compliments and personal comments that focus on appearance and gender are out of place and often embarrassing for the recipient.

Confidante: This type of harasser will approach subordinates as equals or friends by sharing personal and life experiences/difficulties to win admiration and sympathy. In turn, they want the subordinate to share their own stories in order to feel valued and trusted.

The bottom line: There are various types of harassment to be on the lookout for. In the unfortunate event that an employee files a claim against a business, EPLI will be sure to kick in to cover any expenses that result from a trial.

Paradiso Insurance encourages business owners to understand the risk of harassment in the workplace, no matter what type of business is being run. While preventative measures may help lower the chance, it is always best to be prepared with coverage.

About Paradiso Insurance:

Paradiso Insurance has more than 11 years of experience providing insurance solutions and financial services to residents and businesses in the Connecticut area. Our agency carries all lines of insurance — notably home, auto, investments, life and Connecticut commercial insurance. Whether you're looking to purchase insurance for the first time or simply want to re-evaluate your coverage, Paradiso Insurance will be there for you.

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