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How small business owners handle sexual harassment claims

A woman works on her computer at the kitchen of the
A woman works on her computer at the kitchen of the "Beta-i" startup hub in Lisbon on September 29, 2016.

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As allegations of sexual harassment and assault in various industries continue to surface, one thing we have learned is that even big, established companies with well-staffed human resources departments are ill-equipped in handling these claims.

So what happens when small or family-owned businesses are faced with charges of workplace sexual misconduct from workers? What should a small business do and what steps should they take to address these claims?


Michele M. Goldsmith, chair of the labor and employment division at Bergman Dacey Goldsmith; her practice focus involves discrimination claims including sexual harassment