A case of he said, she said

Should an employer issue discipline if it has no actual evidence other than hearsay?
By Natasha Zervoudakis
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 03/20/2017

Question: Should an employer issue discipline if it is aware of misconduct but has no actual evidence other than hearsay that isn’t any more reliable than the suspected employee’s denials?

Answer: Whenever there is an allegation of misconduct, an employer should conduct an investigation before making the decision to discipline. Issuing discipline without reliable evidence is risky and not recommended.

For the results of an investigation to be reliable and, if challenged, defensible, it must be performed by someone with training or experience performing investigations, and the investigator cannot be, or be seen to be, biased.