Writing The Investigation Report: Discrimination, Harassment And Bullying

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Among the many types of charges to investigate are those alleging discrimination, harassment, and bullying. Regardless of which one, all should require a professionally written report documenting not only your findings of fact but that your investigation was done objectively, and in a timely manner. So, you need to be prepared to not just conduct a proper investigation but to also show that you did. That means your report must be beyond reproach so it can withstand any appeal or challenge which may negatively reflect upon the integrity and credibility of your investigation!

If done right your report can help remedy/resolve the situation. If done wrong, it all too often makes things worse. So, it pays to know how to do it right every step of the way.

In short, this webinar can help you and your organization understand demonstrate that you met the requirements to conduct an effective and professional investigation

Let’s face it, it is a minefield out there so it’s important to be able to show you knew what you were doing and did it well!

Areas Covered

  • Establishing the authority of the investigator and scope of investigation at the beginning of your investigative report.
  • The importance of writing an objective and credible investigation report from complaint to conclusion.
  • Structure of your investigative report
  • When and how to include in your report the standards/models of proof and how they were utilized in your investigation.
  • 10 steps to include in your report to establish an effective investigation for:
    • Discrimination
    • Harassment and
    • Bullying (threats/violence)
  • How to document your efforts to avoid legal minefields during your investigation efforts:
    • Negligent Investigation,
    • Loudermill and Weingarten Rights,
    • Violation of Public Policy,
    • False light/Defamation,
    • False Imprisonment,
    • Intentional or Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress,
    • Searches and Monitoring/Surveillance.

Learning Objectives

  • How to structure and write a clear, concise, well-organized, objective, and credible investigation report from complaint to conclusion.
  • How to identify and use the models of proof/standards as a guide in your investigation report for issues of discrimination, harassment, and bullying (violence/threats)
  • How to provide parties with an analysis of the facts, and conclusions and or recommendations.
  • How and when to present your written investigation.

Who Should Attend

All level Managers, Supervisors, Human Resources, Employee Relations, Labor Relations, Attorney’s, and Union Officers/Representatives/Stewards, all levels of Law Enforcement or Security staff. 

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