Workers often perceive human resource departments as safe places to report workplace problems, such as sexual harassment. However, those feelings might be misplaced. HR departments often prioritize protecting employers over employees by preventing or policing investigations regarding allegations of sexual harassment and other forms of workplace discrimination.
Since sexual harassment is a clearly defined form of workplace discrimination, employers in Wisconsin can be held responsible for any damages their female workers suffer. For many employers, HR departments are the first lines of defense against these accusations. While these departments may not be particularly effective at resolving issues of workplace harassment, in the past they have been able to limit the number of victims who feel as if they can take legal action.