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Harassment and discrimination complaints require action

On Behalf of | Oct 14, 2022 | Harassment

Discrimination and harassment must be forbidden in the workplace because employees have a right to work in a place without those present. Employers have to set policies that forbid these from occurring. Employees must be free to report any incidents they feel go against those policies. 

There are certain steps the employer must take when harassment or discrimination is reported. Making sure these get handled is up to the employer, and there should be a system in place to ensure these complaints are all addressed. 

Complaints must be taken seriously

The complaint must be taken seriously by the employer. Even if the person who takes the complaint thinks it’s frivolous, it still must be investigated. Some employers might think that because someone is a good worker that they won’t ever harass anyone or discriminate against them. 

There must be an impartial investigation

The investigation must be handled discreetly and thoroughly. All witnesses should be interviewed to determine exactly what happened. Ideally, this will happen quickly so people can remember what happened.

There must be no retaliation

Retaliation against the complainant isn’t ever suitable. As the complainant, you shouldn’t be told you’re being moved to a less desirable position or have to take a pay or hour cut. Your employer may not be able to completely separate you from the person who’s doing those things while the investigation is pending; however, they should try to minimize the contact you’ll have with them.

Any worker who’s subjected to harassment or discrimination must ensure they alert their employer to the situation. The employer should take steps to remedy the situation. Taking legal action is possible in some cases, so discuss the matter with someone familiar with these matters.