Best Practices for Workplace Sexual Harassment Internal Investigations

Learn How to Conduct Effective and Compliant Sexual Harassment Internal Investigations


With increasing media coverage and attention focused on sexual harassment, organizations need to be prepared for an increasing number of employee complaints related to this sensitive topic. Any time there are complaints associated with policy, procedure or law violations, employers must conduct thorough, effective internal investigations. This is just as true for sexual harassment complaints as it is for other types of allegations that may create liability for the employer.

Sexual harassment can take many forms, and handling these types of complaints can be particularly sensitive in many ways. There are many moving parts associated with these kinds of complaints and the subsequent investigation that have to be approached effectively and swiftly, such as recognizing potential problems that might need to be investigated, taking in complaints and interacting with employees who may have experienced this type of harassment, identifying and interviewing potential witnesses, recommending actions and making decisions that protect the organization and its employees, and communicating with those who have been accused of and/or who have exhibited harassing behaviors, and more.

Attend this session by expert speaker Mary White and learn how to develop and implement appropriate strategies for conducting effective, efficient internal investigations. After attending this session, you will be able to develop and implement appropriate strategies for conducting effective, efficient internal investigations. You will get an overview of best practices for conducting internal investigations regarding workplace sexual harassment complaints and/or concerns. Also, Mary will provide insights regarding how to conduct internal investigations related to sexual harassment concerns/allegations.

Session Highlights

This session will cover key topics, including:

  • Recognizing what constitutes a sexual harassment complaint and triggers the obligation to investigate
  • Key considerations and steps to follow when establishing an investigation strategy before you start talking to potential witnesses with regards to a sexual harassment complaint
  • Best practices for conducting effective interviews with the person bringing forward the complaint, individuals who may have experienced sexual harassment, witnesses who may have seen or heard harassing behaviors, other individuals who may have relevant information, and those who have been accused
  • Special considerations for investigating different kinds of sexual harassment complaints
  • Dealing with “he said, she said” situations
  • Practical considerations for recommendations and actions taken to stop sexual harassment and prevent future problems from occurring

Who Should Attend

  • HR professionals
  • Compliance professionals
  • Employee relations professionals
  • Business owners
  • EEO officers
  • Diversity professionals
  • Organizational effectiveness and development professionals, others involved in handling employee complaints and concerns, etc.
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