EXTON, PA (PRWEB) January 09, 2013
Some incidents of sexual harassment in the workplace can now be prevented with software that allows managers and network administrators to monitor, track and filter the ways employees are using the Web and communicating with various online tools.
Pearl Software of Exton, Pa., has developed several products it says will prevent or greatly reduce online sexual harassment on company computer networks and lower the chances of a costly and embarrassing lawsuit.
“Pearl Echo.Suite has been tested and proven in countless arenas – just the fact that employees know it’s in place is enough to curb much unwanted communications and advances,” said Joe Field, CTO for Pearl Software. “Sexual harassment is a serious problem, and some of the damages awarded in lawsuits have been staggering. Pearl Echo is a powerful tool to help organizations stem litigation costs.”
Sexual harassment lawsuits are plentiful, with some judgments being awarded in the millions of dollars. In one court action, the plaintiff received $95 million. While many harassment cases involve person-to-person communications, a growing number center either entirely or in part around online communications.
Pearl’s Internet and web monitoring and filtering applications let supervisors keep track of how employees use e-mail, chat, instant messaging and blog posts and also record the websites that are accessed on company computers. All of these online activities can be used to make unwanted advances toward a co-worker.
“By being able to read what’s being written throughout their network and have communications flagged based on text patterns, management can crack down on sexual harassment,” Field said. “The Internet has made it easier for some individuals to engage in what you could only call stalking activity. Pearl has created technology that puts an end to most of that.”
While the total number of sexual harassment filings with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Fair Employment Practice Agencies has dropped somewhat over the last 15 years – 15,889 in 1997 down to 11,365 in 2011 – the result of a lawsuit filed against a company can be devastating.
For suits filed with the above agencies, monetary benefits awarded in 2011 totaled $52.3 million. This number is in addition to judgments awarded in litigation outside of these agencies. Filings with the EEOC and FEPA do not include all filings made within the United States. Nor do these figures include the damages assessed to a company’s reputation and good will.
“In designing the software, our goal was to create a system that was thorough, easy to access, and easy to follow,” Field said. “Most of all, we wanted to supply network administrators and managers with the tools to ensure that their networks are being used for the purposes they were intended for and never for illegal activity.”
About Pearl Software
Founded in 1996, Pearl Software is a leading developer of software solutions for controlling, filtering and monitoring the Internet activities of groups including employees and students. Pearl’s software applications are used by corporations, schools, government agencies, hospitals and other entities throughout the world. The company’s website is PearlSoftware.com.