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2022 - 2022 EEOC and Employers: Investigating Harassment and Discrimination



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Keywords2022 EEOC and Employer; Investigating Harassment; EEOC investigation


Topics/Call fo Papers

With employment discrimination on the rise, EEOC encourages employers to provide anti-harassment training to their employees and managers and to swiftly investigate and resolve employees’ complaints of workplace harassment and discrimination.
Employees should bring any harassment they face to the management's attention. Suppose an employee lodges a complaint against a colleague or the employer itself. In that case, an investigation is a required step since courts have ruled that failure to investigate on the part of an employer is akin to discrimination.
Employers should confront the harasser to stop the unwelcome conduct immediately. They should establish an effective complaint and investigation process against harassment that encourages employees to raise valid concerns before they escalate.
What's the process for employees to follow when filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC and State/Local Agencies? What can employers expect after a charge is filed? What does an unbiased investigation look like? How's an investigator selected?
How do the EEOC complaints hurt employers? What happens when EEOC penalties are levied against employers? What should employers NEVER do when a complaint has been received or an active investigation is going on?
How can you mitigate the risk of legal ramifications when conducting investigations? What are the stages of inquiry and what consequences does non-compliance bring?
Organizations and employers have legal and moral responsibilities to support diversity in their workplaces and to ensure compliance with all equal employment opportunity rules and regulations. Unfortunately, workplaces have not always been welcoming to women and minorities, and many people have faced prejudicial behavior when seeking employment or while on the job.
While laws like the Civil Rights Act of 1964 have improved the working lives of many, there are still serious issues that require attention and action. Human Resource professionals are essential for creating hospitable and inclusive work environments.
Policies that discriminate against protected classes of individuals, either explicitly or accidentally, are illegal. Thus, even unintentionally discriminatory practices that disparately impact those vulnerable to prejudicial treatment must be prevented. Investigating an employee’s claim of discrimination or harassment requires immediate action on the part of employers to satisfy the recommendations of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Responsiveness to a complaint and an investigation will yield the best information and evidence and enhance both the investigator’s and employer’s credibility. Investigations can help the organization identify and resolve internal problems before they become widespread.
Given that every complaint has the potential to become a lawsuit, employers should investigate every case in a manner in which it can be presented to a court of law, if necessary. As potentially disruptive as investigations can be, they must be prompt, thorough, and effective to ensure all parties' protection.
What are the responsibilities and functions of the EEOC?
What is the Federal legislation requiring equal treatment of employees?
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964: Original protected classes and currently acknowledged protected classes; further amended in 2020
Best practices to avoid an EEOC investigation
Best practices for avoiding claims of sexual harassment
What's disparate treatment v. disparate impact?
Different forms of Harassment and applicable court cases
What's QuidProQuo harassment and a Hostile Work Environment?
What are the charges of retaliation and discrimination?
What's the process of filing a charge with the EEOC?
Common reasons employees state for not filing a claim
EEOC determinations
Conciliation process
How do we establish Affirmative Action programs?
EEOC’s authority and role when adjudicating claims of harassment and discrimination
The seriousness of EEOC complaints and costs of litigation
Formal complaints and the investigative process
How to create a plan for your investigation?
How do we ensure confidentiality?
Providing interim protection for the alleged victim
Utilizing internal and external investigators
How to develop interview questions and conduct interviews?
Making a determination
Closure of the investigation
How to develop a written summary of investigation results?
Senior Leadership
Managers & Supervisors
Project Team Leaders
Human Resources Professionals
Recruiting Professionals
Operations Professionals
Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena. Diane’s background includes experience in HR consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting and pro bono environments.
Tel: +1-661-336-9555

Last modified: 2022-09-08 21:18:36