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Use thorough reporting system to capture details of alleged harassment

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

There is good news for employers that have to mediate workplace disputes that can fairly be characterized as personality clashes between co-workers.

If you have a mechanism for reporting workplace harassment and let employees know how to use it, you shouldn’t worry too much if it is obvious that the alleged harassment isn’t based on something like race, national origin, religion, sex or another protected characteristic.

Just make sure you always conduct a thorough investigation and document each step.

That way, should the complaining employee suddenly remember a racist, sexist or other obviously offensive statement years later, you can show that the issue wasn’t raised when there was still time to do something about the problem.

Plus, showing the court that the employee never mentioned the incident despite having had a clear opportunity to do so may undercut her credibility enough to get the case tossed out.

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