Conducting Effective Workplace Investigations: A Nuts and Bolts Guide for In-House Employment and Corporate Counsel
Program Number: 2527
Presenter: Ann Kotlarski, Esq.
Employers can be sued for numerous types of alleged employee misconduct—harassment, discrimination, retaliation, failure to accommodate, and more. For employers, the key issue is not so much the type of misconduct as what the company does to investigate the claim. Because flawed investigations can result in adverse consequences ranging from employee discontent to a jury verdict, conducting prompt and thorough investigations is crucial to any employment claim. For example, did you know that failure to conduct an “appropriate” investigation can be used to prove an employer’s discriminatory or retaliatory intent, and what exactly is an “appropriate” investigation? Join Ann Kotlarski, who provides a nuts and bolts discussion for conducting proper investigations that can convince your employees and a jury that you have done the right thing, including: determining what to investigate; formulating an investigation plan; conducting interviews; assessing witness credibility; documenting the process; making recommendations; remediating wrongdoing; minimizing