When Addressing Sexual Harassment
Managers and directors often find that sexual harassment is
a tough issue to deal with in the workplace; however, when
properly handled and addressed, this tough issue can become an
opportunity for growth and development for everyone involved.
Common managerial sexual harassment mistakes are listed below:
Attempting to address the situation without the assistance of
Legal, Human Resources, or EEO Professionals.
Minimizing the experience or feelings of the complainant.
Failing to model appropriate behavior for employees.
Failing to create an atmosphere that does not accept or nurture
Neglecting to take complaints seriously.
Failing to respond immediately.
Making decisions and drawing conclusions without first
ascertaining the facts.
Failing to search for corroborating information.
Refusing to make credibility decisions.
Proceeding with actions without knowledge of internal policies
Refusing to take appropriate disciplinary action.
Failing to inform complainants about the process and its outcomes.
Failing to protect complainants or witnesses against retaliation.
Failing to realize the alleged victim also has rights.