Facebook, blogs, Twitter, on-line petitions - Social
media is leveling the public relations playing field. Gone are the days
when big business controlled the media. Today, a disgruntled employee can
fight back using social media. Using these new tools...
The recent reinstatement of a $3.5 million award of
punitive damages by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
highlighted the importance of responding promptly, thoroughly and fairly to
employee complaints of harassment, even where...
One of the most important and often most challenging
tasks of the workplace investigator is to make credibility determinations about
witnesses. Over the years, a common mistake I've seen investigators make
in investigating allegations of workplace...
With over one billion active Facebook users and
500,000,000+ Twitter accounts, it is no surprise that the discovery of
messages, status updates, wall posts, tweets and pictures shared on social
media has become a battle ground in sexual harassment...
Often, when faced with the need to investigate an employee's
complaint of harassment or discrimination, employers will ask their regular
company counsel to investigate the allegation and defend the company if
litigation ensues. The recent mistrial...
I'm thrilled to be joining my fellow faculty members
later this month to teach at the 5-day national training institute presented by
the Association of Workplace
Investigators ("AWI") in Santa Barbara, CA. The AWI is a
How do lawyers who represent employees decide which of
the employees who contact them to represent? According to Nina Pirrotti, an
attorney with Garrison, Levin-Epstein, Richardson, Fitzgerald & Pirrotti,
P.C., one of her "first lines of inquiry...