From the Hotline: Holiday Party Harassment
Question: What if HR hears “through the grapevine” about a harassment situation during or after the holiday party but the employee does not actually report it directly to HR?
Answer: The company is responsible for taking immediate action due to the fact that the employer now has knowledge based on indirect information. The HR investigator should meet with the employee alleged to be harassed but not reporting the incident to gain more insight. Depending on the severity of the situation, the employer may want to consider a third party investigator to eliminate any potential perception of bias.