Who, what, where, when, why and how. Could you conduct an internal investigation without adding to your organization’s legal liabilities?
How you respond to allegations of harassment or discrimination, employee misconduct or retaliation could make the critical difference between a prompt and effective resolution and a painstakingly long and costly lawsuit.
Find out how to take the guesswork out of this complicated and highly litigious task. From taking the initial complaint to bringing the investigation to a close, our legal expert will guide you through the complex steps of conducting a legal and effective internal workplace investigation.Course Highlights:
Faculty:Erin Dougherty Foley, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw
- Key documentation strategies and techniques from initial complaint through investigation wrap-up
- How to determine whether a complaint needs to be investigated
- When to consult with legal counsel
- The role of the outside investigator — when, why and how to get them involved
- How to ensure your investigation adheres to all local, state, and federal laws
- Critical strategies to prevent employee retaliation
- Practical techniques to minimize further litigation
- Common pitfalls and little-known investigation trouble spots you must avoid
- Specific tips to prevent future complaints
Erin Dougherty Foley is a partner in the Labor and Employment Practice Group in Seyfarth’s Chicago office. Ms. Foley’s litigation experience includes state and federal court cases involving the defense of employment discrimination claims, wrongful discharge, retaliation, sexual harassment, and state whistleblower matters. She regularly litigates state and federal court matters through both successful summary judgment motions and favorable jury verdicts. She also has extensive experience in federal and state agency proceedings, including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Illinois Human Rights Commission and many other state and municipal fair employment agencies.
Ms. Foley regularly counsels human resource personnel on compliance with federal and state employment and labor laws regarding terminations, performance counseling, leaves of absence, and accommodations. She has extensive experience in conducting workplace harassment and employee complaint investigations. Ms. Foley also conducts training on wide range of employment matters (including leave administration and workplace investigations) for clients and continuing legal education programs.