It is important for business owners and managers to provide a workplace environment that is professional, safe and comfortable for employees. Being subjected to discrimination and harassment not only causes a contentious or unhappy work environment, but can also open the door to employment litigation. Las Vegas is known for the hospitality and entertainment industries. What happens in Vegas may invite tourists by the millions, but could also potentially subject residents to sexual harassment on the job.

According to VEGAS INC, 9.6 percent of the claims made to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for Southern Nevada pertain to sexual harassment. Casino environments may contribute to customers and co-workers making unwanted sexual advances toward cocktail servers, entertainers and others who are required to wear scanty uniforms as part of the job. Nevada ranks slightly higher than other states in regards to sexual harassment claims, and some who deal with such claims believe that many incidents go unreported.

How can those in charge ensure their workplace is free of sexual harassment? Creating and maintaining a strong anti-harassment culture at work is key, states HR Daily Advisor. It can help to create policies and guidelines for employees that clearly define sexual harassment, the consequences for engaging in such conduct and how to report claims. Employees should be assured that they should not feel ashamed or afraid to report unwanted sexual comments, contact or threats. It is also a wise move to provide regular sexual harassment training sessions for management and employees, as well as to take complaints seriously and thoroughly investigate claims against other co-workers or clients.

A harassment lawsuit can be a significant drain on a company’s resources. It is better to take the steps to prevent conduct that contributes toward a hostile work environment.