Responding to Employee Complaints

Employers can generally prevent and correct discrimination and harassment in the workplace by implementing appropriate anti-discrimination and anti-harassment policies and by providing employees a procedure for making complaints when discrimination and/or harassment occur.   Occasionally, however, employee conduct in the workplace requires the employer to initiate an investigation of a complaint.  California employers have specific duties when it comes to complaints of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment.

Thorough, timely, and fair investigations have many benefits.  Investigations provide the employee a forum to discuss sensitive topics, and they provide employers with an effective tool to make informed employment decisions.  More importantly, a properly conducted workplace investigation can help limit an employer’s exposure.

We are available to investigate claims of misconduct in the workplace.  These claims can include, but are not limited to, sexual harassment, discrimination based on race, sex, national origin, disability, religion, failure to accommodate religion or disability, and/or harassment based on any other protected class.

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