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Workplace Investigations

Our Workplace Investigations Team conducts independent and thorough investigations for public, private and non-profit employers facing serious allegations of workplace misconduct. We specialize in high-stakes matters that involve the leadership ranks of an organization — elected government officials, Board members, executive officers, department managers, and key personnel including General Counsels, police chiefs, university faculty, and school administrators. We also supervise internal employer investigations to assure compliance with state and federal law.

Throughout California, we are well known for handling investigations of alleged conduct that is already front-page news or is likely to become a headline during or after the investigation. Many of our Workplace Investigations Team attorneys are also members of our Crisis Management Practice, which helps clients manage high stakes legal, communications and public relations crises.

Our expertise covers a full range of current and emerging investigative issues, from implicit/subtle bias, abusive conduct, substance abuse, hostile work environment, discrimination (age, sex, race, disability), and whistleblower retaliation to matters alleging fraud, financial misappropriation, conflicts of interest, ethics violations, social media policy compliance, and other internal affairs investigations.

As attorneys who also represent clients in labor and employment related administrative proceedings, arbitrations and litigation, we know how to conduct investigations and prepare reports that will withstand judicial scrutiny and credibly serve in a courtroom or arbitration. Our goal is to provide a reliable understanding of the facts based on an objective investigation that treats all parties fairly. The guiding purpose of our investigations is to enable clients to determine and to help us advise of the consequences that may be expected from the matter under investigation.

Our team’s investigation principles are professionalism, impartiality and timeliness.