There are few things more distressing to human resources than having to investigate sexual harassment in the workplace.
All eyes are on human resources to provide thorough, fair and reasonable investigation. HR must treat everyone involved with due respect.
When an employee alleges sexual harassment—no matter what the situation—you have to act fast. Both human resources and the employer have a number of obligations, both ethical and legal, to investigate any charges comprehensively.
There are several things human resources need to do, before and immediately after a complaint:
- Human resources, prior to any complaints, should have posted the company’s policy about sexual harassment. Make all employees aware that sexual harassment will not be tolerated, and all occurrences (without exception) will be investigated. Continue reading “Sex and the Single Human Resources Department”