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How to Handle a Harassment Complaint

Author: Douglas Zucker, Bauch Zucker Hatfield LLC

Federal, state and local laws protect employees from sexual harassment as well as harassment based on any protected class status. Because employers may be liable for harassment by a supervisor or a coworker, it is critical that employers handle all harassment complaints in a timely and thorough manner and take prompt remedial action reasonably calculated to end the harassment. The following details the steps a prudent employer should take when faced with a harassment complaint: