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Sexual harassment investigations are an absolute necessity when “he said – she said” scenarios arise. There are steps a business can take to reduce or eliminate their liability. It is essential that a business timely responds to sexual harassment claims or be prepared to respond to a lawsuit several months later.
Our attorneys at Duwel Law have significant experience in conducting and handling sexual harassment investigations for employers throughout Ohio, Kentucky, and Indiana. If you live in Dayton, Ohio and have been sent a complaint for a sexual harassment incident, contact us immediately to schedule a consultation so we can get to work on your case.
If you receive a complaint from one of your employees saying that they were sexually harassed by a coworker, manager, superior, or any colleague, you have the legal, moral, and ethical obligation to investigate each charge thoroughly. You may have also heard through the grapevine that instances of sexual harassment are occurring, under which you must also investigate.
You must show your support for the person or people that filed the complaint by letting them know you will investigate it thoroughly and as soon as possible. Let them know that this is a priority for you.
Once your case has concluded, people may feel unsure about safety in the workplace and may have questions or concerns. Give them the opportunity to anonymously ask questions about the precautions you are taking to prevent this from happening again.
You may want to hang signs around the office, hold a meeting that clearly defines boundaries and what constitutes as sexual harassment, and reinforce the fact that inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated under any circumstances.
If you have been sent a sexual harassment complaint from an employee about another, Contact Duwel Law and remember that a timely response may reduce or eliminate your legal liability. We will begin work immediately to make sure your case is handled appropriately and efficiently.