How to Respond to Allegations of Sexual Harassment —
immediately by taking the complaint seriously.
aware that there are two (2) forms of sexual harassment: quid
pro quo and hostile work environment.
with the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs or the Office of
yourself with the official Internal policy. There are other
forms of harassment based upon race, religion, gender, age, etc.
yourself with the alleged victim and the alleged offender.
Determine if this is a first incident by reviewing the personnel
files of the complainant and the alleged victim, as well as
your own personal notes.
Equal Opportunity Programs or Human Resources. If either office
deems it appropriate, interview the victim, the harasser, and
every step to include dates, times, quotes, and any other
promise blanket confidentiality.
only on a “need to know” basis with victim, harasser, and
persons with first-hand knowledge.
with Human Resources or Equal Opportunity Programs, establish some form
of progressive discipline if warranted.
with the victim, a response equally important is follow-through
with the harasser.
remember that you serve as a model of appropriate behavior for
your employees. Actions speak louder than words.