Conducting Workplace Investigations: Honest Belief Rule and Avoiding Pretextual Discrimination Claims
Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will address company investigations of disputed workplace events and the use of the honest belief rule. The panel will discuss recent cases that clarify how employers can utilize the rule to assure that the investigation results are respected and upheld. The panel will guide practitioners on how to conduct investigations to avoid potential pretextual discrimination.
- Workplace investigations
- Honest belief rule defined
- Recent cases
- Best practices
The panel will address these and other key topics:
- How does the honest belief rule apply in workplace investigations?
- What can be learned from recent decisions regarding pretextual discrimination claims?
- What best practices can employers implement to avoid discrimination claims in "honest belief" cases?
Office of Priscilla Hapner
Ms. Hapner has over 25 years of experience in advising and representing management in organizations of all sizes in the... | Read More
Ms. Hapner has over 25 years of experience in advising and representing management in organizations of all sizes in the private, public and non-profit sectors concerning compliance with state and federal employment statutes. This includes the Family and Medical Leave Act; statutes prohibiting employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation; and laws affecting compensation, trade secrets, non-competition, whistleblowing, hiring, firing, layoffs, union relations, record-keeping, affirmative action, and privacy.Close
Jonathan T. Hyman
Wickens Herzer Panza
Mr. Hyman focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment law, providing businesses proactive solutions to... | Read More
Mr. Hyman focuses his practice on management-side labor and employment law, providing businesses proactive solutions to solve their workforce problems and reactive solutions when they find themselves litigating against an employee or group of employees. Mr. Hyman serves as outside in-house counsel for businesses. He advises on firing an employee, policy and contract drafting, disability accommodation, and internal complaints or investigations. Mr. Hyman also has extensive experience on more specialized labor and employment law issues, such as wage and hour compliance, social media, cybersecurity, and other workplace technology concerns, affirmative action compliance, and union avoidance and labor relations.Close
Christina Hynes Mesco
The Prinz Law Firm
Ms. Mesco offers expert guidance to clients with employment law and business-related needs. She frequently negotiates,... | Read More
Ms. Mesco offers expert guidance to clients with employment law and business-related needs. She frequently negotiates, drafts, and reviews employment, retention, non-compete, non-solicitation, equity, change-in-control, consulting, and other employment-related agreements and documents. Ms. Mesco also plays a leading role in the firm’s workplace training offerings. She has provided custom-tailored training to numerous employers, helping them update their policies, develop best practices, and create positive workplace cultures that allow businesses to thrive and employees to feel appreciated.Close