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 - Interviewing Witnesses

Take Immediate and Appropriate Action

  • Designed to end the harassment and ensure that it does not recur.

  • Severity of discipline will depend on severity and frequency of the misconduct, the impact on the complainant, and whether the harasser previously engaged in similar misconduct.

  • Requires more than a request to refrain from harassment.

  • Continue to monitor the situation.

Ensure That Retaliation Does Not Occur

  • Retaliation can be overt or subtle: increased workload, not recommending person for promotion, reduced performance evaluation, inequitable assignments.

  • If it's necessary to separate the alleged victim from the alleged harasser, don't make the alleged victim move--that can be perceived as retaliation.