What do you do with half a story? Ask yourself these four questions.

A complainant files a harassment or discrimination complaint and then quits. A respondent says the allegations are ridiculous and refuses to participate. What do you do when the individuals who have the most important information refuse to participate in a workplace investigation? [...]

The Emotional Investigation: navigating the difference between feeling and being harassed

A complainant provides me with an email, a text message or a recollection of an interaction with a respondent and they say that this is a sign of the respondent engaging in harassment. I then ask, “Can you help me understand what aspect or aspects of this information you found to be harassment?” [...]

Workplace Investigation Alert: Narrowing the Scope of Allegations in a Workplace Investigation

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish to attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following sessions – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training [...]

Writing policies and procedures in the era of #MeToo

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish to attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following sessions – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training [...]

Jane Doe and the myth of the “real” victim

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish to attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following sessions – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training [...]

The Effect of an Investigation on the Respondent

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish to attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following sessions – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training [...]

Workplace Investigation Alert – A conscientious inquiry: accommodating and investigating employees living with mental illness

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish to attend our related workshops. Some spots are still open for the following sessions – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training [...]

Tips for Handling Difficult People in Workplace Investigations

Special note to BC readers: If this subject is of interest to you, you may wish to attend our related workshop. Some spots are still open for the following sessions – we recommend registering soon. We hope to see you there. Conducting Sexual Harassment and Violence Investigations November 27-28, 2018 in Vancouver, BC This advanced-level training [...]

The Secure Bystander: How Psychological Safety Can Impact Bystander Interventions

Do you remember that story about the emperor who ordered some new clothes from a pair of weavers? The new suit will be really special, said the weavers, invisible, in fact, to fools and the incompetent. When the emperor and his noblemen saw the weavers working on their empty looms, they had their doubts. Am I a fool? Are these guys for real? But, they did not dare to say anything. [...]

Lessons from the Hill: What employers can learn from the Senate’s harassment policy reforms.

In putting together our submission on what changes to the policy would help the Senate identify and address harassment in the workplace, we had to turn our minds to what makes working on Parliament Hill unique. This is a workplace that lends itself to extreme power imbalances between Senators and staffers; it is a space where harassment allegations can be both public and political; and it is an environment in which many staff members are skeptical that bad behaviour will result in real consequences for the perpetrator. [...]

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