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Clear, Open Way to Report

Reporting instances of harassment and discrimination can be emotionally difficult for the victim. The employee may be worried about being labeled a “complainer” or whistleblower, that their word put against her supervisor’s will be believed, or that the company or supervisor will retaliate. If an employee thinks he might lose his job if he or she reports harassment or discrimination, they may choose not to report it. That lets the illegal, unethical, and unproductive behavior continue.

Your facility must have a clear, open channel for employees, job candidates, and terminated employees to report harassment and discrimination. This could be a hotline phone number, the contact information of specific individuals or a department, and / or an e-mail address. These channels should be part of your company’s harassment and discrimination policies.

Employees should be made aware of these channels when they are hired, and they should receive regular reminders that these channels are available to them.