How to Respond to Third-Party Harassment
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Harassment creates a negative environment in the workplace, lowering morale, reducing productivity, and otherwise upsetting employees. It can take the form of unwanted flirtation, forced touching, or inappropriate jokes about an employee's religion, race or sex. It could involve an unwillingness of someone to work with, for example, a sight-impaired employee. Harassment can also occur when someone inappropriately contacts an employee outside of work hours. Any behavior that threatens another person, humiliates him or her or otherwise victimizes a person can be considered harassment.
When employee harassment occurs, and all parties involved are working at your practice, the situation can be challenging; but hopefully you have a process in place to deal with the situation.
What do you do when the person accused of harassing one or more of your employees doesn't work at your practice?