Excerpt from session:
Due to the sensitive nature of reported “sexual harassment” cases, either through whistleblowing procedures or grievance reporting Procedures, it is an intricate process to deal with and a matter that has to be dealt with “kid gloves”. Organisations (Human Resources Departments) often fail to conduct thorough investigations and in most cases hand these matters over to labour lawyers to deal with which is often to the detriment of the victim.
Therefore, it is critical that companies ensure that they have utilized all means possible to get to the “core” of the matter to ensure fairness for all parties involved and to ensure that matters such as these do not tarnish a companies reputation by the past mishandling of sexual harassment cases resurfacing.
- Importance of thorough forensic investigations
- Necessary technology and internal tools to confidentially report sexual harassment matters directly to the investigator
- Transparency is of the essence “no smoke and mirrors”