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Employer Investigation Vital Following Discrimination Claim


When an employee at a business believes that he or she has been discriminated against, that person might report the matter to his or her employer. Once a report is made, the employer needs to commence an investigation into the issue. When doing so, there are certain things the employer should keep in mind to protect itself.

 The first is to take action in a timely manner. As soon as a report is received, it is a good idea to examine documentation related to the employees involved including records, reviews and any previous reports of discriminatory behavior that may exist. At this point, the case file could also include any text messages or e-mails that were sent between the parties.

Second, an employer needs to determine exactly what it is that needs to be investigated. Once this determination has been made, an appropriate course of action can be created.

As the investigation proceeds, make sure that everyone involved is kept aware of what is going on. Ensuring that employees know that an investigation is taking place is respectful and can make them feel as if they are being heard. Similarly, once the investigation has ended and a decision regarding the reported matter is made, it needs to be communicated to all parties involved. After detailed results and action plans are laid out, the file should be closed.

Litigation tied to claims brought by employees can be expensive. Accordingly, it is best that a business takes action as soon as reports of discriminatory treatment arise. Working with an employment lawyer from the can help in this regard.