How to React When an Employee Accuses the Most Powerful Person in the Office of Sexual Harassment

by Evil HR Lady on October 19, 2017

You’re the HR Manager and an employee comes to you and says, “I’d like to report sexual harassment.” You pull out your notepad and a pen and say, “Sit down, and tell me what happened.” 

Moments like these are a dime a dozen when you’re an HR manager. Some of them are silly. (“Jane asked me out on a date!”) Some of them are easily fixed. (“John told a dirty joke during a meeting” can often be fixed by speaking to John and saying, “Don’t do that again.”) Some are horrifying. (“On a business trip, Henry raped me.”). All HR managers hope such claims are of the first two varieties–easily investigated and rather easily fixed.

But, when it’s on the horrifying side of things, several things happen. First, the company cannot legally brush it aside. They are required to investigate, in which case the accuser cannot remain completely anonymous. Second, if the company concludes that the accused is guilty of the horrible behavior, they have to make a decision as to the punishment.

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