Conducting Sexual Harassment Investigations: Keys to Legal Compliance
In today’s #MeToo environment companies are hard pressed to balance the competing interests of alleged victims of sexual harassment and/or assault and the due process rights of alleged harassers/assaulters.
All too often an organization’s staff simply does not know how to conduct a fair and appropriate investigation into allegations of misconduct; or what to do if the allegations are proven to be true or unfounded. This real world, information and procedure-rich webinar guides you through all stages of conducting sexual harassment investigations. Join our 75-minute webinar to discover:
- Defining discrimination and harassment from a legal standpoint
- What should be included in your sexual harassment investigations
- Training managerial staff on appropriate actions to a complaint
- Guidelines to prepare investigative forms and checklists
- Proper investigation documentation and reporting practices
Sexual Harassment Investigations: Establishing Proper Policies & Procedures
- Burden of proof: What’s discrimination and what’s harassment
- Train your staff – proper responses when a complaint is raised
- Determining proportionate discipline
- The role of Performance Improvement Plans
Preparing for the Investigation: Guidance to Develop Your Plan
- Guidelines for documenting the investigation
- How to write an investigative report using the I-R-A-C or B-L-U-F method
- How to create relevant investigative forms
- How to recognize & obtain documents relevant to an investigation
Conducting the Investigation: Guidelines to Stay Out of Court
- Selecting who will conduct the investigation
- Creating your investigation plan
- Identify percipient, fact, predicate, expert, and character witnesses
- Guidelines for interviewing witnesses
- Recognizing and connecting the evidence
Live Question & Answer Session – Have your questions answered by the expert!
Gain expert guidance on the policies and training your company must have in place to address sexual harassment complaints and real answers on how to prepare for and conduct your investigation that will keep you out of court.
About the Speaker
Max Muller has more than 40 years of business experience as an attorney, businessman and professional trainer.
- In 1990, drawing on his diverse background, he began a consulting practice focusing on providing practical solutions in the areas of workplace legalities, e.g., equal employment opportunity, sexual harassment, FMLA, ADA, COBRA, FLSA, ADEA, etc.; safety and health regulatory compliance (OSHA); facilities management; and, warehousing/ inventory control.
- He authored several books like “The Manager’s Guide to HR: Hiring, Firing, Performance Evaluations, Documentation, Benefits, and Everything Else You Need to Know, Second Edition” Harper-Collins Leadership/AMACOM Books and SHRM, New York City, August 2013.
- He has presented more than 3,000 seminars, webinars and pod-casts all over the world attended or listened to by more than 100,000 people; as well as serving as the principal investigator on many private and public sector internal investigations.