Investigating any type of employee misconduct is difficult. Investigating allegations of sexual harassment, however, is exceptionally difficult. The ramifications for the entire organization can be serious and far-reaching. For the parties directly involved, the events that must be delved into are usually embarrassing and emotionally wrenching. Consequently, during every stage of a sexual harassment investigation -- from the first witness interview to the completion of the final report -- it is critical that everyone involved be treated with respect and sensitivity. In this final article in the series, the author will explore some of the frequently asked questions about handling witnesses and preparing the final report of the investigation. In conclusion, investigators who are responsible for collecting and weighing evidence must protect the confidentiality interests of everyone involved and prepare the final report with legally supportable findings of fact. For answers to the uncommon questions inherent in any investigation, consultation and guidance from the organization's legal counsel is always advisable.
ARE YOU READY TO INVESTIGATE SEXUAL HARASSMENT? Steve Carter Rough Notes; Dec 2008; 151, 12; Docstoc pg. 14 Reproduced with permissi
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