Being falsely accused of a crime places a California employer’s reputation and business at risk. Employers are obligated to provide a safe work environment for their employees. Sexual harassment is a serious problem in many companies. However, it is also a serious issue when a worker falsely accuses his or her employer of something that never occurred.
An employer who has been accused of sexual harassment might feel afraid, and understandably so. If things do not go his or her way in court, it could mean jail time, substantial fines and the loss of the business. What can an employer do to protect his or her rights and to resolve incidents of false accusation?
Always cooperate with a police investigation
If a worker files a sexual harassment complaint, investigators will arrive at the business, at some point, and will question the employer, as well as the coworkers of the person who has filed the complaint. While someone who knows that he or she is innocent may be tempted to refuse to answer any questions about the issue, it is always best to cooperate with a police investigation. Refusing to cooperate may wind up working against an employer, especially if the case goes to trial.
Research California employment laws before heading to court
An employer who is falsely accused of sexual harassment of an employee will want to leave no stone unturned when it comes to preparing a defense. The first logical step to take to be proactive in one’s own defense is to learn as much as possible about employment laws that pertain to sexual harassment on the job. It is also wise to seek legal consultation as soon as one becomes aware that he or she is the subject of a criminal investigation.