The Box Elder County Commission has adopted a policy aimed at protecting employees from on-the-job sexual harassment by encouraging workers and supervisors to discuss and follow up on complaints.

Under the policy, confirmed cases of sexual harassment will be subject to disciplinary action, including possible firing.Job termination would be used only after the complainant and accused had a chance to present evidence and testimony in an administrative hearing, said Sharon Davis, county personnel director.

Development and adoption of the policy did not stem from any particular problem in the county, but because of a general increase in workplace harassment, Davis said.

"There's more and more women in the work force, and I think there's just more of it (sexual harassment)," she said.