A systematic approach to assessing credibility is based on a detailed analysis of several factors in harassment investigations. In continuation of Part 1 of this blog, here are 5 additional factors you can apply when making credibility assessments.
Harassment investigations are highly nuanced and challenging to investigate. They often involve “he-said, she-said” scenarios. It all boils down to an assessment of credibility.
One of the questions we are often asked is how much information should be disclosed to a respondent during an investigation. Some feel that respondents are more likely to provide honest and candid information if they are taken by surprise as opposed to having advance notice of the allegations and supporting evidence. The fear is that with the information, a respondent may have more time to concoct a story in response to the allegations and evidence.