In times of increased workplace tension, remember the basics

Regardless of where your employees might fall on the political spectrum, tensions are undeniably running high these days. Political tension will inevitably infect some workplaces, and as all employers know, unhappy employees complain. When an employee complains to a supervisor or HR that she is offended by a coworker's conduct, you must investigate, with an eye toward the basics of preventing liability for workplace harassment. A recent decision from the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals (whose rulings apply to all Indiana employers) underscores how an investigation done right can protect your organization.

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