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Harassment by text: Is this my problem?

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Q. An employee complained that a co-worker was sending her sexually suggestive text messages and leaving inappropriate comments on her Facebook “wall.” Do I have any obligations to investigate?

A. Harassment is harassment, regardless of how it is delivered. Treat this complaint as you would any other allegation of harassment—investigate, interview, document, conclude what happened and implement appropriate corrective action.

Where harassment cases often used to be instances of “he said/she said,” however, the harassment you describe may be easier to investigate because the alleged harasser left a digital trail of alleged transgressions.

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