What evidence does an employer need to investigate a claim of harassment?
Author: Shannon C. Johnson
In order to investigate a claim of harassment, an employer should prepare an investigation file that includes detailed documentation regarding the complaint and the allegations, a copy of the employer's harassment policy as it read at the time of the alleged incident, as well as any acknowledgement and consent forms signed by any relevant parties. The employer should also gather together any additional documents or evidence that the employee has provided and any other relevant information such as emails, letters, written statements, internal memoranda, computer records, phone records and employee files. Once the investigator interviews the complainant, the alleged wrongdoer and any other potential witnesses, this information should also be placed in the file.