In today’s business environment many workplace issues may morph into violations of company policy or law with lightning speed. Employers are required to investigate harassment, discrimination, retaliation, safety and other types of complaints promptly and thoroughly.
In almost any organization there will be, at some point, situations where someone believes his or her rights were disregarded or policies were not applied fairly. The fallout can cost an organization a backbreaking price in terms of financial and emotional resources. Winning or losing a claim can sometimes turn on showing that a prompt, thorough investigation was made. Investigations can also be an excellent tool for discovering problems and preventing their reoccurrence. Investigators from Richwood Consulting Group are seasoned attorneys and/or Human Resource professionals who conduct investigations with an eye to reducing the likelihood of litigation and addressing problems so they can be avoided in the future.
Ms. Blackwood is an experienced investigator with specialized training in workplace investigations.
Types of investigations include, but are not limited to Title IX, Sexual Harassment, Discrimination, including, race, religion, sexual orientation, Disparate Impact, Pay Equity
An impartial investigation process protects the interests of the Company by identifying misconduct and the individuals who place the organization in legal jeopardy. It can also identify areas of improvement in terms of both business effectiveness and professional development.
Employees are often reluctant to speak with in house investigators because they feel they will not be objective. Engaging an independent, outside investigator as a fact finder provides credibility to the process since the investigator has no history with the individuals involved and plays no part in the outcome after the investigation concludes.
An independent, outside investigator also eliminates conflicts of interest that in house counsel may have if the investigator is called to trial as a witness.
An investigator familiar with laws that may have been violated lends credibility to the investigative process and is more likely to generate a report that will withstand legal scrutiny should the need arise.