10 Tips for Conducting Effective Workplace Harassment Investigations
Title: 10 Tips for Conducting Effective Workplace Harassment Investigations
Authors: Marc D. Katz, Isabel Crosby and Allison A. Reddoch
Law firm: Andrews Kurth Kenyon
The wave of workplace harassment allegations dominating headlines in recent weeks has been a wake-up call to employers to review their anti-harassment policies. However, the best-drafted policies are meaningless unless companies have an investigation protocol in place that mandates a prompt and thorough investigation of any complaints of sexual misconduct in the workplace. While a thorough investigation can help to alleviate office tension and may shield the company in the event of a lawsuit, an inadequate investigation can hurt worker morale and expose the employer to litigation.