March 21, 2019
2 - 3pm
Webcast (FREE for Members)
It’s been over a year since #MeToo and #TimesUp disrupted the workplace and employers are faced with an increasing number of complaints. Hear from Allison West, Esq., SHRM-SCP, AWI-CH, an experienced attorney investigator with Employment Practices Specialists, as she discusses the top 10 things you need to know when investigating sexual harassment complaints.
Sexual harassment investigations require a delicate approach. Issues that can arise include gender of the investigator, office romances gone sour and the classic "he said, she said" complaints. Add to the mix bystander and backlash issues and things get even more complicated. Sensitive questions about flirting, touching and sex must be handled with care. Frequently, investigators back away from asking these "uncomfortable" questions simply because they didn't know what to say or how to make the witness comfortable. Learn how to handle these complicated and delicate investigations to use at your organization.
Understand the delicate nature of these claims and walk away with tools to effectively handle your next sexual harassment.
Understand what sexual harassment is and is not under the law and your policy
How to effectively handle "he said, she said" complaints
Gain tips on typical questions to ask to elicit relevant information
How to properly state your conclusions
In 2000, after practicing law at a San Francisco labor and employment boutique, Allison started Employment Practices Specialists. She uses her employment law background, coupled with sound knowledge of human resource practices and a Senior Professional in Human Resources and SHRM-SCP certification, in helping companies both prevent and resolve employment claims.
While a litigator, Allison was responsible for handling federal and state claims, wrongful discharge and work-related tort claims, developing employee handbooks, policies and procedures; and counseling clients concerning all facets of employment practices.
Allison focuses her practice on conducting workplace investigations, delivering one-on-one sensitivity training for managers and employees concerning sexual harassment, discrimination, and diversity awareness issues, coaching managers and employees with disciplinary and/or behavioral problems, providing expert witness and litigation assistance, consulting with HR departments on administrative agency charges and employee handbooks, policies and procedures, and a 24/7 employee complaint hotline.
Additionally, Allison is a sought-after trainer and speaker known for her dynamic presentation style. She specializes in developing and delivering interactive training programs in the US and internationally that address employment law and human resources issues. Allison was brought into CBS News to deliver harassment training immediately after Charlie Rose was terminated. She trains at client of all sizes and industries but nationally and internationally.
Allison is a frequent top-rated speaker at local and national events such as the Society for Human Resource Management’s (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition where she was ranked as one of the top ten highest rated speakers at the 2018 conference. She also speaks at the HR Star Conferences in Los Angeles and San Francisco where she has been the only presenter to receive perfect evaluation scores, and the Northern California Human Resources Association HR West Annual Conference where she is consistently a top-rated presenter.