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What To Do When An Employee Gets Too Close At Work

Jan 31, 2023
workplace harassment

An employee complains that her co-worker “got a bit too close” while out for drinks after a company event. As the employer, what are your legal obligations? Do you tell the employee to brush it off; do you create a policy prohibiting all fraternizing between employees? Do you conduct a formal investigation and issue a formal report? Does your answer change if the inappropriate employee is the CEO or owner?

Companies must conduct prompt and throughout investigations of workplace harassment. This is helpful to get to the bottom of what happened and prevent it from happening in the future. It also helps to make sure your employees are comfortable coming to work, and free from inappropriate treatment, even it is just “personality differences” and does not rise to the level of illegal harassment.

The Wannos Law Firm provides comprehensive workplace investigations. It is important to retain a neutral party to conduct workplace investigations. There are also additional benefits and protections to hiring a Florida employment attorney to conduct the workplace investigation of harassment for your Florida business. For more information on this benefits, you can read the article, Benefits of Hiring a Florida Employment Lawyer to Conduct the Workplace Investigation of your Florida Company. Schedule an initial consultation HERE.

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The Wannos Law Firm, P.A. provides legal advice to Florida businesses. Karly Wannos is a workplace investigator for claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, Florida employment law mediator and provides training to businesses on employment laws. 

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