A claim of sexual harassment can be one of the most challenging issues facing an organization. How you handle the investigation can mean the difference between taking the right actions toward resolution or subjecting the organization to ongoing litigation, liability and loss of workforce morale.
When an incident report involves sexual harassment, it must be taken seriously and investigated with all due diligence possible. In the U.S., there are both federal and state harassment laws that make it the employer’s responsibility to investigate such complaints, regardless of any extraneous circumstances.
When an employer doesn’t implement an investigation, such failure may be used against the organization to prove that it did not have adequate measures in place to prevent harassment from occurring or even that it disregarded the misconduct. These shortcomings can in turn lead to additional legal action and even punitive damages against the organization.
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