EEO Internal Investigations: Guidance for Employment Counsel

Planning and Conducting Effective Investigations of Discrimination, Retaliation and Harassment Claims

A live 90-minute CLE webinar with interactive Q&A


Thursday, September 7, 2017
1:00pm-2:30pm EDT, 10:00am-11:30am PDT


This CLE webinar will prepare employment practitioners to counsel clients on legal and practical strategies for planning, conducting and documenting equal employment opportunity (EEO) internal investigations.

Description

The flood of employee complaints and lawsuits alleging workplace discrimination continues unabated. The EEOC’s current strategic plan continues the agency’s focus on systemic discrimination litigation.

Counsel to employers should carefully guide employers’ actions when responding to a complaint of mistreatment based on an employee’s protected status. An inappropriate response to an individual claim may cause an employer to be targeted for a systemic discrimination lawsuit.

A fair and effective EEO internal investigation can be an employer’s best defense against a potential discrimination lawsuit. When conducted properly, an internal investigation can help a company avoid costly and protracted litigation.

Listen as our panel of employment attorneys explains legal and practical strategies for conducting EEO internal investigations. The panel will explain steps that employers and their counsel should take before, during and after investigating claims of workplace discrimination, retaliation and harassment claims to minimize litigation risks for a company.

Outline

  1. Planning the investigation/pre-investigation strategies
    1. Benefits and risks of using attorney to conduct investigation
    2. Choosing the right investigator
    3. Common investigation techniques—forensics, surveillance, email reviews, etc.
  2. Conducting the investigation
    1. Gathering evidence/litigation hold notices
    2. Managing the people/instructing managers
    3. Privilege issues
  3. Post-investigation strategies
    1. Documenting the investigation
    2. Evaluating evidence obtained
    3. Determining remedial action
    4. Minimizing risks of employee retaliation claims

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • Key timing for an employer to bring in counsel to conduct an EEO internal investigation—and special considerations for practitioners involved
  • Collection of email and other virtual evidence related to the allegations underlying the investigation vs. employees’ reasonable expectations of privacy
  • Best practices to minimize the risk of litigation when planning, conducting and documenting internal EEO investigations

Faculty

Marcia Nelson Jackson, Partner
Wick Phillips, Dallas

Ms. Jackson's practice includes all aspects of employment and labor law, strategic client counseling, preventative training, and internal investigations. In addition to representing employers in single and multi-plaintiff employment lawsuits under federal statutes and state laws, she regularly represents clients in wage and hour collective actions filed under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

Teresa R. Tracy, Partner
Freeman Freeman & Smiley, Los Angeles

Ms. Tracy represents management in all areas of labor and employment law and litigation, including wrongful termination, discrimination, wage and hour, class action, union organizing campaigns, grievances and arbitrations, and collective bargaining. She also provides preventive services, including comprehensive counseling and training.


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Employment & ERISA Advisory Board

Susan E. Bernstein

Special Counsel

Schulte Roth & Zabel

Judith (Jude) Biggs

Partner

Holland & Hart

Joshua Davis

Director

Goulston & Storrs

Barbara E. Hoey

Partner

Kelley Drye

Jeffrey Hollingsworth

Partner

Perkins Coie

Diana L. Hoover

Partner

Hoover Kernell

Paul J. Kennedy

Shareholder

Littler Mendelson

Marcia Nelson Jackson

Partner

Wick Phillips

William C. Martucci

Partner

Shook Hardy & Bacon

Laura Foote Reiff

Shareholder

Greenberg Traurig

Eugene Scalia

Partner

Gibson Dunn & Crutcher

Peter Steinmeyer

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Teresa R. Tracy

Partner

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