by: John Burke
The September program meeting for the Tulsa Area Human Resources Association (TAHRA) featured guest speaker Madalene
Witterholt, director for Crowe & Dunlevy. Madalene has a witty sense of humor. We all had a fun time
at the Tulsa Country Club learning about investigation techniques and strategies relevant to Title VII, FLSA, OSHA, and everything in between.
The employee did, said, saw, and !$%#*?
There is nothing an HR professional likes more than to hear from an employee, either directly or indirectly, that some type of harassing and discriminatory activities are occurring. Sometimes they are secondhand, and a lot of times they do not rise to the level of an action. However, that doesn't mean you don't have to investigate and deal with the situation.
There are different strategies for handling the initial report, investigating the claim, dealing with co-workers, and putting into place safeguards so you don't have to have another meeting like this again.