Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Quick Reference Guide - Investigating Sexual Harassment Charges
Immediately contact the EEO office, either your local EEO Site Manager or Headquarters.
Even if you are told by the victim not to take action, you are obligated to investigate the matter. Nothing is off the record.
Respond immediately. Facts can normally be gathered within 3 or 4 days.
Hold meetings in a quiet, private location. Avoid distractions such as the telephone.
Obtain relevant information from the complainant.
Be objective when asking questions; don't make assumptions. Also, questions should be asked in a non-threatening way, and the complainant should be assured that the allegations will be taken seriously. Questions should be open-ended and non-leading.
Let all people you talk to, especially the alleged victim and accused harasser, know you are serious about eliminating sexual harassment. Set a proper tone for your discussions.
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.