Respectful Investigation of Sexual Misconduct

Today's General Counsel

October 2018

In this article, Addy Schmitt and Katherine Pappas discuss how to responsibly and respectfully investigate sexual misconduct allegations in light of the sensitivities and lessons raised by the #MeToo movement. "A company's immediate reaction to sexual harassment allegations should include proactive steps, such as defining an investigation and communications strategy that takes into account the elevated risk profile of such claims," Schmitt and Pappas wrote. "But a company must also exercise restraint and refrain from taking actions that could actually increase liability moving forward."