It's been over a year since #MeToo and #TimesUp disrupted the workplace and employers are faced with an increasing number of complaints. Sexual harassment investigations require a delicate approach.
Issues that can arise include gender of the investigator, office romances gone sour and the classic "he said, she said" complaints. Add to the mix bystander and backlash issues, and things get even more complicated. Sensitive questions about flirting, touching and sex must be handled with care. Frequently, investigators back away from asking these "uncomfortable" questions simply because they didn't know what to say or how to make the witness comfortable.
In this engaging 60-minute webinar, learn from Allison West, an attorney investigator and popular speaker, about how to handle these complicated and delicate investigations. You will walk away with tools to handle your next sexual harassment claim and to better understand the delicate nature of these claims.
- Understand what sexual harassment is and is not under the law and your policy;
- Learn how to effectively handle "he said, she said" complaints;
- Gain tips on typical questions to ask to elicit relevant information; and
- Know how to properly state your conclusions.
Allison West is an employment attorney by background and specializes in delivering customized interactive training on employment law and management topics, conducting workplace investigations; coaching executives and managers concerning performance or disciplinary issues; and serving as an expert witness.
Allison is a top-rated speaker at SHRM and other HR and diversity conferences, and is a nationally recognized expert on harassment, discrimination and investigations. She has appeared on PBS, CBS This Morning and in O Magazine discussing harassment issues in the workplace.
She is member of the State Bar of California, Society for Human Resources Management, and holds two HR certifications.