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Investigators in Straub report recommend changes to City’s sexual harassment policy

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SPOKANE, Wash. – Among the many findings in a 126-page report, detailing the investigation into the resignation of former Spokane Police Chief Frank Straub, investigators have recommended dozens of changes to the City’s current sexual harassment policy.

The report states that the procedures articulated for responding to allegations or complaints of sexual harassment are not clearly described in the City’s policies.

The report also states that the policies contain ambiguities and lack important definitions.

In addition, the report states that the complaint process outlined in the City’s policies seems to give the employee, not the City, the discretion to initiate an investigation.  

Investigators in the report recommend that the City establish internal guidelines for responding to all employee complaints that are flexible and accommodate the wishes of the employee, but also meet the City’s duty to prevent and correct inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

To that end, the report recommends the city revise its written policies, identifies roles and responsibilities if a investigation is needed, document the investigation more thoroughly, establish clear confidentiality guidelines, and ensure all employees are properly trained.

You can read the entire report by clicking here.   

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