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Archive for February 2018

Investigating Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 4: Note-Taking Techniques and Tips for Assessing Witness Credibility

In any investigation of a harassment complaint, the investigator must interview people and take notes. This fourth part of a six-part series addresses techniques for note-taking and tips for assessing the credibility of witnesses. As always, bear in mind that each harassment investigation is different and must be tailored to fit the particular circumstances. Helpful Witness Interview…

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Investigating Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 3: Interviewing the Accused and Other Witnesses

You have received a complaint of harassment and interviewed the complainant. In this third part of a six-part series, we discuss interviewing the accused and other witnesses. As always, bear in mind that each harassment investigation is different and must be tailored to fit the particular circumstances. Interviewing the Accused At the beginning of the meeting, the…

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EEOC: Retaliation Makes Up Almost Half of Discrimination Charges

Agency offers guidelines for how employers can respond to a charge of discrimination Retaliation, race and disability were the most common workplace discrimination chargesfiled with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in fiscal year (FY) 2017. Retaliation, which topped the list, occurs when employers treat some people less favorably than others. That includes job applicants,…

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Constructing a Workplace Environment That Rejects Sexual Harassment

The political and cultural climate surrounding workplace sexual harassment is evolving faster than many companies can address or adapt to on their own. Internal and external stakeholders (management, employees, customers, clients, and business partners) have new and heightened expectations about what companies should be doing to prevent and respond to harassment—whether reported or not. Moreover,…

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Investigating and Responding to Harassment Claims – Part 1: The Complaint

What if you were the human resources manager or in-house counsel that received a complaint that Harvey Weinstein, Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose, or any of the other number of recently accused individuals sexually harassed an employee? With the rise of sexual harassment allegations receiving increased scrutiny, retailers need to have proper procedures in place for…

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Sexual Harassment Class Investigations on the Rise with EEOC

Since September, stories of sexual harassment have dominated the headlines. In what USA Today dubbed the “Weinstein Effect,” workplaces of all types and size have been seeing employees step forward to take part in the #MeToo movement by shining light on abuses of power by companies’ leadership. The increased focus on sexual harassment has created a surge…

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