We will discuss issues such as ethical responsibilities, investigating high profile cases, lack of cooperation, privilege and confidentiality, disappearing evidence, professionalism, report organization, executive summaries, drawing conclusions and more.
Those attending will gain insight into handling high-profile investigations, as well as into allegations that don’t quite rise to the level of harassment and allegations that are well beyond the statute of limitations (and perhaps outside of the strict employment context).
Internal and external investigators have different challenges. This program will discuss some of these challenges, including the weaknesses both types of investigators---as expert witnesses---might highlight in the other’s investigations and how to anticipate and avoid those arguments.
Internal workplace harassment investigations are commonly conducted by a company representative, such as from within the Human Resources department or other competent investigators. A different approach includes having a union representative co-investigate the complaint, which can often alleviate difficult conversations and a grievance about the findings after the fact.