Expert investigations into allegations of discrimination, harassment, and other types of misconduct
Employee complaints need to be investigated carefully, yet they are time-consuming and difficult to perform. While in-house resources may be skilled, external consultants can enhance the perception of objectivity which can be important in these sensitive situations.
Over the past 20 years, The Washington Firm has conducted well over a hundred investigations into allegations of employee misconduct including:
- Allegations of unlawful discrimination and/or harassment, including the creation of a hostile work environment based on the complainant’s sex, race, disability, national origin, age, or religion
- Allegations of other types of misconduct, including bullying and favoritism
Experienced, Thorough Investigators and Organizational Consultants
Our experienced, thorough investigators are also skilled organizational consultants, giving them the perspective and insight to help identify the organizational issues that often accompany these types of complaints. We understand the urgent nature and legal implications of these issues and work hard to minimize the disruption to the organization during the investigation. When appropriate, we can also provide recommendations for the team and organization to heal and move forward after the investigation.
We work extensively with outside and in-house counsel, frequently participating in privileged investigations. We can participate in court proceedings if necessary, although we find that thorough, professional investigations often decrease the probability of litigation.
Due to the sensitive nature of these assignments, we do not offer client references. However, multiple attorneys with whom we have worked over the years can provide references on our skills and approach.