4 Steps For Investigating Anonymous Workplace Harassment

Law360 (December 3, 2019, 4:49 PM EST) -- When an employee reports workplace harassment, in most instances the accused is identified and known to management. Knowing the alleged bad actor’s identity enables human resources to implement its processes and fulfill its duty to conduct a reasonable investigation.

On occasion, however, the nature of the harassment allows the perpetrator to remain hidden. Generally speaking, anonymous harassment takes two forms.

The first is physical, meaning instances where someone places offensive materials in the workplace. This includes disturbing cases where employees have found hate-based symbols such as a swastika or a noose at their workstations.

In other instances, employees have found graffiti...

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