Sexual Harassment

You have probably already implemented policies and preventive measure to prevent or address harassment in the workplace. But federal law makes employers liable for sexual harassment by non-employees if the employer knows or should have known of the incident, and fails to take action. Plaintiffs continue to sue employers for sexual harassment in ever-increasing numbers.

Sexual Harassment Investigations

The type of workplace investigation to be conducted is determined by the nature of the complaint. Harassment investigation requires interviews of the complainant, alleged harasser and witnesses. EPIS, Inc. works closely with employment counsel to discuss all aspects of the investigation. When a workplace investigation is conducted at the direction of consul, it may be privileged and not subject to disclosure to outsiders. Our sexual harassment workplace investigation team will learn the company's policies, procedures, rules and culture of the organization to aide in the investigative and information gathering process. The investigators will be able to gain the confidence and trust of those involved. If you bring in an interviewer while is not an experienced workplace investigator, the individuals involved may be less likely to discuss the details of the case.

The administrative or investigatory type interviews that we conduct in our sexual harassment workplace investigation are performed without coercion, threats, or promises of leniency. The individual's admissions are detailed in both written and tape recorded form in the presence of a designated company management witness.

EPIS, Inc. does not take any recommendation concerning the form of disciplinary action to be taken. We will refer you to qualified consul for legal advice in those respected areas. At the end of the investigation, we will provide a detailed report in order to assist management and counsel in their decision making.

We can provide post investigation recommendations regarding sexual harassment prevention, education and training. These services are priced according to you needs.

How to help Avoid and Prevent Sexual Harassment

In the Workplace Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination that violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. There are two general forms of sexual harassment. They include unwanted sexual contact, and a hostile work environment. Unwanted sexual contact is obvious. The employee is physically propositioned by another employee. A hostile work environment situations is one where an employee may comment on another employee's appearance, circulate obscene pictures, give an employee sexual objects, ask about an employee's sex life, or tell offensive jokes. The way to prevent harassment is through policies, training and management oversight. All these measures help protect employees should a workplace investigation become necessary.

  • Have a sound sexual harassment policy in place.
  • Communicate the policy effectively to employees.
  • Make a reasonable effort to train all employees regarding the policy.
  • Document all training sessions, attendees and follow up notices in appropriate files
  • Provide clear and effective procedures for employees to follow when they perceive sexual harassment or when it has occurred.
  • Have a procedure in effect to investigate sexual harassment incidents when they are reported.
  • Apply the policy quickly and consistently when harassment is alleged to have occurred.

Sexual Harassment and Punitive Damages

An organization will be better able to defend a sexual harassment suit or other types of discriminatory harassment claims if it has a policy prohibiting such conduct. An employee handbook should describe the policy and provide an effective procedure for resolving harassment complaints internally.

The basis of defense in harassment suits is simple. Where (1) an employer can prove that it has exercised "reasonable care" to prevent and promptly correct any sexually harassing behavior; and (2) the employee plaintiff unreasonably failed to take advantage of any preventative or corrective opportunities provided by the employer, or otherwise unreasonably failed to avoid harm; then (3) the employer will not be liable for the hostile work environment to that point.

Employee policy handbook updates and workplace training are needed to protect employers and should be reviewed by qualified legal counsel.

Client Reviews

Empire Pacific Investigative Services

4.8

Based on 88 reviews

Kim J.
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Mike Hakimi from EPIS is a true professional. He helped me with my case. He delivers effectively and fast! I was trying to find someone that nobody has heard from him from since the late 90's, I was very unsure he was still around. I needed to find him and interview him for my movie project. A key character. And Mike incredibly found him. Don't hesitate hiring Mike for any type of service.
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I had very good experience with Empire Pacific Investigative Services, Mike was very determined and efficient, detail oriented and reliable. His work effect exceeded my expectations.
Yossi S. Los Angeles, CAV
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11/20/2017

I have highest, highest praise for Mike at Empire Pacific Investigative Services. I had to take someone to court and I was concerned whether sheriff is efficient enough to do the serving or they will just attempt and I pay for nothing. I talked to Mike about serving this particular person and on top of it I try to force future steps of collection and Mike was extremely helpful...

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Agustin C. Los Angeles, CA
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4/26/2018

Mike Hakimi from EPIS is a true prfessional. He helped me with my case. He delivers effectively and fast! I was trying to find someone that nobody has heard from him from since the late 90's, I was very unsure he was still around. I needed to find him and interview him for my movie project. A key character. And Mike incredibly found him. Don't hesitate hireing...

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Marcus B. Ewa Beach, HI
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2/27/2018

I contacted Mike at Empire to do some research for me on an old insurance claim. It ended up not being along the lines of work that he was an expert in but what was so great about the experience was that Mike went out of his way to find me someone that did specialize in the area. If you are considering a couple options on who you need for your investigation you...

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Magda S. New York, NY
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2 reviews

3/21/2018

I had very good experience with Empire Pacific Investigative Services, Mike was very determined and efficient, detail oriented and reliable. His work effect exceeded my expectations.

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Shera C. Orange, CA
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24 reviews

2/27/2018

Mike's firm is awesome. I gave them short notice to conduct surveillance and they totally delivered. Thank you and your staff for handling this assignment for me on such short notice...

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Jonatan C. Chatsworth, Los Angeles, CA
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8/25/2017

I have worked with a few private investigation firms, and in my opinion, Empire Pacific Investigative "Mike Hakimi" is the best one...

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