You absolutely have got to read this letter to the editor from the JG, I have posted it in its entirety:
Business owner should know law
When Matt Kelty, during a discussion about a recent campaign ad, was asked about Fort Wayne’s law concerning discrimination based on sexual orientation, he responded that he was “vaguely familiar” with the law.
From my experiences in management, and as a Metropolitan Human Relations Commissioner, I have to question the competence of a business owner who is not familiar with all aspects of the city’s antidiscrimination code and who, therefore, probably does not have policies and procedures for both the company and employees to follow should discrimination occur in the workplace.
BARBARA LINDEN Fort Wayne
This is an appalling letter and it needs to be discussed.
I am a small business owner and my wife and I provide accounting, bookkeeping, and tax services for over one hundred local small businesses. If I had to guess I would say that less then 1% of those business owners have "policies and procedures for both the company and employees to follow should discrimination occur in the workplace."
Most small business owners are trying to make a living and do not have time to put written policies into place that cover each and every circumstance that can arise...
According to her letter EVERY business owner should not only understand these rules but they should have a written policy in place to deal with these issues...
I imagine if she were in charge then every business owner would have to attend weeks or even months of training on various topics and most likely create a "employee handbook" that is a few hundred pages long...
P.S. My wife and I do not have a written policy in place to handle these issues. In Barbara Linden's world that means we are not "competent" per her letter to the editor.
P.S.S. Does your company have a written policy in place to deal with these issues if you are a msall business owner?