Training and Workplace InvestigationsOrange County Employment Attorneys
Training and Workplace Investigations
Training to prevent any form of employment-related misconduct or a workplace investigation to address an allegation of an impropriety is often best handled by an independent third party who can provide impartiality, objectivity, and specialized knowledge.
Training is an important part of being proactive in avoiding potential workplace complaints and perhaps even lawsuits. While all employees must be aware of appropriate conduct, specialized training which can be provided by an Irvine employment law lawyer is especially valuable for:
- In house counsel
- Human resource personnel
Proper training can address issues such as how to identify, prevent and correct incidences of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. In addition, topics like accommodating the religious needs of employees or special accommodations for those disabled workers can be explored.
The potential for significant financial or legal liability and negative publicity underscore the importance of thoroughly investigating all claims of workplace misconduct. An experienced Irvine employment law lawyer can determine the appropriate scope of the investigation, create a discovery plan and complete a detailed investigative report.
Typical workplace investigations include:
- Allegations of harassment, discrimination or retaliation
- Whistle blower claims
- Wage and hour violations
- Workplace violence
- Accident investigations
Approach to Workplace Investigations
The nature of a workplace investigation requires a tactful, discrete approach that nonetheless results in uncovering the facts. The investigator must be sensitive to the fact that those employees cooperating with the investigation may wish to remain anonymous. To the extent possible, the investigator will maintain confidentiality while interviewing the complainant, the accused and all witnesses and reviewing emails and other documentation relevant to the incident. At the conclusion of the investigation, a report will be submitted summarizing the findings and will include a recommended approach. Should litigation be necessary, the report can be used in court.
Contact an Irvine Employment Law Attorney for Legal Advice
A myriad of federal and state statutes govern appropriate workplace conduct and employers are required to comply. Make sure you understand your obligations and your rights. For any employment law questions, call Altus Law Firm at 949-346-3391.