Investigating Claims of Harassment: A Step-by-Step “How To” Part 6: Closing the Investigation and Additional Steps Thereafter
February 27, 2018
Authored by: Mimi Moore
This final installment of a six-part series on harassment investigations discusses how to close the investigation and steps to take after the investigation has been closed. As always, bear in mind that each harassment investigation is different and must be tailored to fit the particular circumstances.
Close the Investigation
Once the investigation has concluded, it is essential to close the investigation with the complainant, each witness, and the accused. It may also be prudent, in some circumstances, to follow-up with the entire workforce. All close-out meetings that are held should be documented. When closing the investigation with the complainant, and generally with each witness, here are the key points to tell each person:
- We are closing our investigation based on the information as we know it now. (This allows you to reopen if you learn more later.)
- The Company has a strong non-discrimination and non-harassment policy. (Consider providing or