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1. I'm creating employee policies.



Small businesses may be able to prevent and correct discrimination without the use of formal, written employee policies. For example, you may inform employees that discrimination is prohibited and encourage employees to report discrimination to you promptly.

Even so, you may decide to develop written policies. Developing and distributing clear employee policies, updating the policies as needed, and consistently enforcing the policies may:

  • Help employees understand and comply with your rules and expectations;
  • Help prevent problems that may result in discrimination complaints; and
  • Limit your liability should a complaint arise.

Even if you decide not to have written policies, the following information may be helpful when developing your workplace rules and expectations.