Fair & prompt response vs. swept under the rug

One sign of whether an employer embraces ethical employment practices and endeavors to avoid employment lawsuits (note: the two priorities are not necessarily the same thing!) is how it responds to allegations of unfair or wrongful conduct lodged by an employee.  Does it respond promptly, conducting a fair and thorough assessment of the situation?  Or does it sweep the matter under the rug, treating the complaint dismissively?

In “Defending the Digital Workplace,” employment attorney/blogger Jason Shinn recently looked at the question of investigations of employee misconduct from a management lawyer’s perspective.  The post offers a nice snapshot of the many legal pitfalls that face employers who bungle complaints of employee misconduct.

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