Many sexual harassment claims boil down to one employee’s word against the other’s. Without witnesses, you may not know how to proceed. Don’t settle for simply reminding the alleged harasser of your company’s strict anti-harassment policy. Here’s a better way out: If you sense that both parties demand a resolution, hire a respected arbitrator to investigate. Ask both the accused and the accuser to cooperate. If your employee handbook requires that workers comply with investigations, there’s enough ground for termination if one of the parties refuses to cooperate. And in many cases a liar will make a stink rather than assist in the investigation.
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