Investigating Sexual Harassment Charges

DDESS DMEO Contacts

DMEO Program Manager

Phone: 678-364-6655
Blackberry: 404-519-2517
Fax: 770-632-8720

EEO Counselor

Phone: 678-364-8013
Fax: 678-364-6626

Employees and applicants must contact the EEO Office at: 700 Westpark Drive, 3rd Floor, Peachtree City, GA 30269 (phone numbers above), within 45 days of the discriminating act to begin complaint counseling. EEO counselors assigned to process informal complaints are appointed by the EEO Chief. They are not advocates for management or the complainant, but serve as an impartial third party.

Resources

DoDEA Diversity Management and Equal Opportunity (DMEO) Program

EEO Complaint Process

Quick Reference Guide for Managers - Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Allegations

DoD Directive on DMEO

DoDEA EEO Policy

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

DoDEA EEO Regulation 5713.9

EEOC Regulations on Federal Sector EEO, 29 C.F.R. Part 1614

Investigating Sexual Harassment Charges - Gather Additional Information

Check Personnel Records

  • Have there been other complaints about the same alleged harasser?
  • Has there been a high turnover of the alleged harasser's female/male subordinates? If so, this could identify other witnesses, targets.

Make Credibility Determinations

Often there are no witnesses to the actual conduct, so making a credibility determination is often the crux of the case. Factors to consider in determining the credibility of either party (all are relevant):

Inherent plausibility
Is the testimony believable on its face?
Demeanor
Did the person seem to be telling the truth or lying?
Motive to Falsify:
Did the person have a reason to lie?
Corroboration
Is there witness testimony or physical documentation that corroborates the person's testimony?
Past Record
Did the alleged harasser have a history of similar behavior in the past?