Some companies have a process that allows you to make an INFORMAL complaint which gives you a chance to put harassment/discrimination on the record without triggering a full scale or formal investigation. Filing an informal complaint gives your company a “heads up” that there is a problem to be aware of that they may resolve without a formal investigation. This is a low-risk option for both you and your company, as it gives the company a chance to keep an eye on behaviors.
HR may quietly investigate, and may add the complaint to the harasser’s file for a pre-defined period of time, to see if additional complaints from you or others are made. If there is more than one complaint, your company may move to a formal investigation process. The company may address or resolve the problem directly or indirectly.
- Make an informal complaint to HR
- Continue documentation of all future incidents, retaliation and costs
- Work disruption is limited
- Continued or escalated harassment/discrimination is possible
- You retain the option to change your complaint from informal to formal with HR at any time
- Filing a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) remains an option for a limited time
Effort and Risks
- Effort: LOW
- Overall Risk: LOW
- Job Loss: LOW
- Work Disruption: POSSIBLE