Make sure you have the knowledge and training you need before any complaints surface.
he general manager of a Massachusetts car dealership testified at trial that he “honestly didn’t believe” a finance manager when she told him that her supervisor often commented on her anatomy, tried to throw coins down her blouse and suggested they sleep together so he could see her breasts.
I have been thinking a lot about Harvey Weinstein and other high-profile cases of serial sexual harassment. These cases are extraordinarily disturbing, to say the very least.
There are some who have suggested that the Weinstein nightmare is simply a Hollywood problem, dismissing it as nothing more than the age old “Hollywood casting couch.” How patently wrong they are.
Investigations are one of the toughest parts of working in HR, because you have to work between very fine boundaries and there is always going to be someone upset with the result, no matter how gently you tread. In the various investigations I’ve been a part of, I have picked up some tips and tricks that help to make the process smoother.
You are investigating a complaint of harassment. You meet with witness Wally and he tells you the following:
The phone rings and before you finish saying “hello,” the chief compliance officer of a Fortune 20 client is quickly relaying to you that an accounting manager has just filed an internal complaint of sexual harassment against the Chief Financial Officer. In addition to the harassment charge (which includes transcripts of voicemails of the CFO making lewd and suggestive comments), the manager also accuses the CFO of filing false expense reports.
When is an employee’s personal life any business of the employer? Is it not, in fact private? The attention given in the last several weeks to a renowned NFL player has had me and so many others pondering these questions. So I try to quell my heart with an objective head. For me this requires a comparative review to lend some objectivity to these very emotional and compelling issues. I hail from Maryland and will use our local history here to provide some examples: