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Serial complainer cries harassment? Investigate every allegation

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An employee can lose a sexual har­­assment lawsuit and still win on retaliation if she can show she was fired for complaining about harassment. Don’t let that happen to you.

No matter how much aggravation it may cause, employees should always be free to report every alleg­­edly sexually hostile action or comment through the appropriate channels. Sure, someone will have to investigate those constant complaints. It’s the price you pay for complying with anti-harassment laws.

Unless it is crystal clear that no harassment has taken place, discipline the culprits in a way that’s likely to stop any further harassment.

Recent case: Jennifer worked for West Coast Contractors for just about six months before she was fired. During that time, she complained internally numerous times about alleged supervisor and co-worker sexual harassment.

First, a supervisor commented that Jennifer’s duties were “girly work.” Then a co-worker commente...(register to read more)

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