What should an employer do if an internal investigation confirms that sexual harassment occurred?

Author: Rhonda Leabo

If a complainant's allegations have been corroborated and an internal investigation confirms that sexual harassment in the workplace has occurred, the alleged wrongdoer should be disciplined in accordance with the employer's disciplinary policy and harassment policy. Depending on an employer's policy and the severity of the harassment, the scope of the discipline could range from a written notice to termination. The complainant should be made aware of the findings of the investigation and reassured that he or she will suffer no retaliation as a result of reporting the harassment.