This is a particularly difficult charge to deal with— and one that is a big issue in today’s workplace. I recommend that you investigate all claims of harassment, and that you do so in detail, following a standard procedure for investigation.
Types of Harassment
Generally, there are two types: quid pro quo and hostile environment. The first is translatable as “this for that” or “something for something,” and usually, in its most negative context, it has a sexual connotation. Examples: “Go out on a date with me, and I’ll see to it you get a raise,” and “Sleep with me, and I’ll see to it you’re promoted.” Comments such as this are extremely serious and must not be taken lightly.
The second type, hostile environment, is not as cut-and-dried. ...