The Fromholz Firm focuses on performing timely, impartial, and thorough investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, and other misconduct in the workplace. We typically are engaged by outside counsel, inside counsel, senior HR professionals, or C-suite executives to perform an investigation.
What happens during a workplace investigation?
An investigation includes interviewing witnesses, reviewing documents and other evidence, and making findings as to what has occurred. Outside investigators are especially important in cases where there are serious allegations or when the allegations are against a high-level manager or executive. The basic steps involved in a workplace investigation typically include:
- Management decides whether to investigate
- Employees are notified
- An investigator is engaged
- Investigation scope and strategy is planned
- Interviews are conducted
- Evidence is gathered
- Evidence is evaluated
- Investigation is documented
Resolving a workplace dispute quickly can improve morale and productivity. The steps involved in any workplace investigation will vary based on the issue at hand.
Workplace investigations we handle
The types of workplace complaints that we have investigated include:
- Discrimination (based on gender, race, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, and other protected categories) in hiring, job assignments, promotions, and terminations of employment
- Sexual and other forms of harassment
- Retaliation for bringing a complaint or for resisting unlawful conduct
- Whistleblowing and retaliation for whistleblowing
- Workplace misconduct and violation of workplace rules, expectations, and ethics
- Wrongful discipline, including termination of employment
We have conducted investigations for companies and organizations large and small across a wide range of industries, including entertainment, gaming, health care, retail, manufacturing, financial, and high tech companies; universities, colleges, and secondary schools; cities, counties, and school districts; non-profits, unions, and public agencies.