HR makes me anxious

By Jack Tuckner, Esq.

If you filed a complaint with your company and the human resource department calls you down to discuss it, I know you are probably anxious about going, but you need to go, and you need to cooperate with their investigation. Whether you trust them or not doesn’t really matter. They are required under federal law and state law when someone makes a complaint about sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, any kind of differential treatment that’s protected, the company must investigate it.

So what you want to do is tell them, be forthcoming, don’t worry about what you are going to say. Just tell them what happened and then when you go back to your office, or at night, send an email to the HR person if at all possible, documenting what she or he said, what you said, what they told you to do, what they said they are going to do. So you will have an ongoing record, a paper trail of what’s happening in the event that things take a downward turn unexpectedly not in your favor.