Internal Investigations of Employee Complaints and Misconduct: Mitigating Risks of Expanded Whistleblower Laws

Recording of a 90-minute CLE video webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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This CLE course will prepare employment attorneys to counsel clients on legal and practical approaches to planning, conducting, and documenting internal investigations of employee complaints and suspected employee misconduct. The panel will guide how to properly and effectively conduct workplace investigations that minimize liability exposure and litigation risks.

Description

More and more employers are conducting internal investigations of suspected employee misconduct as employee retaliation claims soar and the EEOC continues its focus on systemic discrimination. A thorough and effective internal investigation of an employee complaint can help a company avoid costly and protracted litigation and lay the groundwork for a successful defense if a lawsuit is filed.

Missteps in internal investigations are common and can expose an employer to costly liability and increase the risk of running afoul of expanding whistleblower protection laws. Common mistakes include failing to investigate, using biased investigators, minimizing employee complaints, suspicious timing, lack of consistent responses, and taking remedial measures.

Listen as our panel of employment attorneys explains how to conduct effective internal investigations of discrimination, retaliation, harassment, and other workplace claims to minimize litigation risks for a company.

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Outline

  1. Pre-investigation strategies
  2. Conducting the investigation
  3. Post-investigation strategies
  4. Litigation considerations

Benefits

The panel will review these and other key issues:

  • What are some best practices for minimizing the risk of litigation when planning, conducting, and documenting internal investigations?
  • What timing issues are likely to raise courts' suspicions?
  • How can employers avoid involving biased investigators in internal investigations?
  • How should employers respond to suspicions of misconduct absent an employee complaint?
  • What remedial measures should employers take following an internal investigation?

Faculty

Gramigna, Elizabeth
Elizabeth W. Gramigna

Co-Founder
Tribu Partners

Ms. Gramigna is an attorney and founder of Tribu Partners LLC, a law firm dedicated to workplace investigations. She...  |  Read More

Seidel, Zaneta
Zaneta Seidel

Partner
Oppenheimer Investigations Group

Ms. Seidel has conducted more than 80 investigations involving allegations of discrimination based on race,...  |  Read More

Stern, Stephen
Stephen B. Stern

Partner
Kagan Stern

Mr. Stern devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing businesses in employment-related matters, both...  |  Read More

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