The pitfalls of sexual harassment are obvious and problematic -- just look at current news headlines and the spate of high-profile allegations, lawsuits, firings and resignations. Unfortunately, even after decades of attention on this issue, sexual harassment continues in workplaces across industries.
While this issue is only now grabbing public attention, allegations of sexual harassment have been prevalent in various industries, including the dealership industry, for years. Recent notable cases include a $2 million settlement by a New Mexico dealership following allegations the dealership's lot manager subjected co-workers to shocking comments and unwanted touching; a Texas appellate court jury award of over $625,000, resulting from allegations by an aftermarket sales manager that her finance director repeatedly asked her out on dates, hugged her and made suggestive comments; and a Massachusetts jury award of $540,000 to a finance manager who also alleged inappropriate behavior, including sexually suggestive jokes made during sexual harassment training.
Dealerships that don't take appropriate measures may find themselves in deep trouble like the ones above. That is why it is important to take proactive steps to better protect your dealerships.