The rising number of harassment claims and lawsuits and changing state regulations are making companies sit up and take notice. And for a good reason. While harassment comes at a steep cost for people directly impacted by it, the entire company feels the impact. We have some guidance from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and KPA HR experts for developing prompt, fair, and lawful harassment reporting, investigation, and corrective action procedures.
The responsibility to address harassment doesn’t fall entirely on employees’ shoulders. Employees follow an organization’s leadership; their action (or inaction) toward accused individuals not only affects their whole workforce but sets the tone for the future. Every organization needs formal systems for reporting and investigating harassment, and for taking corrective actions against alleged perpetrators.
As harassment claims grow, it’s vital for employers to set an example for their employees when responding to harassment claims. Developing fair and responsive reporting, investigation, and corrective action procedures is the best way to establish trust throughout the organization.