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The dangerous duality of sexual harassment investigations and ethical risk mitigation

Solomon Carter (Solomon@allpowermissions.com) is a compliance professional from Atlanta, GA.

When it comes to almost any internal Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) investigation, there’s a dangerous duality in the role of the investigator and the leadership team that the investigator reports to. On one hand (in theory), the investigator is given the straight-away responsibility of conducting an unbiased, comprehensive investigation. Ah yes! The neutral professional seeker of the truth who will locate the proper witnesses, conduct the proper interviews, and perform the necessary peripheral work needed to make an intelligent decision based on the facts. The role of the investigator is presented on many levels as a simple “facilitator of the truth,” blindfolded like the woman on the Scales of Justice.

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