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Can we do anything about an employee who files false harassment claims?

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Q An employee of ours has filed several sexual harassment complaints. But when we have investigated, they have turned out to be false. Can we do something about her?

If you have reason to believe she is lodging complaints in bad faith, you could discipline her. However, before taking such action, you should carefully evaluate whether she is acting in bad faith or whether her complaints just can’t be corroborated.

Does she have a motive for fabricating the complaints? Does she seem credible? If you take action against her, she will likely claim that she is being retaliated against for filing harassment complaints. Therefore, it would be better to have strong evidence that she acted in bad faith before taking any action.

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