Best Practices for Investigating Sexual Harassment Claims

With social movements centering on sex- and gender-based harassment and discrimination in the news nonstop in recent years, we’re all aware of just how serious sexual harassment in the workplace can be. A workplace claim about sexual harassment is a serious matter that requires a serious approach and strong attention to detail. With large-scale sexual harassment claims such as those put forth against Brett Kavanaugh, Ford, Harvey Weinstein and Roger Ailes, now is a critical time to review best practices for investigating and responsibly handling sexual harassment allegations.

The Benefits of a Proficient Investigation

On average, there are 76 sex-based harassment charges filed to the Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) every day. A workplace sexual harassment claim is a serious matter that requires much attention to detail. The costs of workplace harassment claims are high: in 2016, the EEOC reported that since 2010, employers had collectively paid out $698.7 million to employees alleging sexual harassment.

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