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Can temporary employees temporarily use your harassment reporting procedure?

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If your organization leases temporary employees from an agency, what should you do if one of them complains she’s being harassed? Who should do the investigation—your organization or the temp agency? A new ruling says that even though temps aren’t your employees, you’d better take quick action to investigate the situation and stop the conduct—and the agency should do the same.

Case in Point: Kristen McGee worked as a temp for Kelly Services. The agency contracted McGee out to a General Motors parts plant. Right away, the plant manager allegedly began subjecting McGee to non-stop harassing conduct. He asked her about her sex life, made suggestive comments and put his arm around her frequently.

After several months of putting up with it, McGee finally approached a GM manager to ask if she could use the GM hotline to report the harassment. The manager alerted HR and within one day GM initiated an investigation, whi...(register to read more)

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