Facebook publicly released its internal policy on harassment.
Through its website, Facebook shared its internal policy on harassment, making clear that allegations such as “I was joking” are not a valid defense.
Approved by Sheryl Sandberg, COO of the company, and Lori Goler, VP of people, the company’s document explains the process of breaking down a harassment investigation.
In added information, Facebook sets up information about how the company conducts internal investigations and examples of workplace harassment like “derogatory or insensitive jokes and “unwelcome sexual advances or invitations.”
Facebook‘s process: How it works
Once a complaint has been filed, investigators from the company’s people team reach out to employees via email to schedule meetings.
Afterwards, two members of the team meet with employees called upon over the course of the investigation — one investigator takes notes, and one asks questions.
At the end of the investigation, the results could include termination, education, counseling, warnings, and no action.
The reason to share
Both Sheryl Sandberg and Lori Goler explained they are sharing this “not because we think we (they) have all the answers, but because we believe that the more companies are open about their policies, the more we can all learn from one another.”
“There’s no question that it is complicated and challenging to get this right,” Sandberg and Goler continued, “We are by no means perfect, and there will always be bad actors.”
The statement concluded: “We don’t have everything worked out at Facebook on these issues, but we will never stop striving to make sure we have a safe and respectful working environment for all our people.”