It’s unavoidable.  Sooner or later, every employer will need to investigate a workplace concern, complaint, or threat.  A well-done investigation not only helps an employer uncover and remedy employee wrongdoing but also protects the employer from liability in employment litigation.  A poorly-done investigation, on the other hand, can exacerbate workplace problems, damage worker morale and cohesion, and expose the employer to liability for sexual harassment, discrimination, retaliation, defamation, and invasion of privacy.  Selecting the right investigator is crucial.

At Weintraub Tobin, we take pride in the top-notch investigations conducted by our experienced group of attorney-investigators.  Our attorneys have conducted hundreds of investigations for private companies, for-profit companies, non-profit companies, cities, counties, and state agencies, school districts, community college districts, and other special districts.  They have investigated every employment issue imaginable, including:

  • Sexual harassment
  • Gender discrimination and harassment
  • Racial discrimination and harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Ancestry and national origin discrimination and harassment
  • Age discrimination
  • Failure to provide reasonable accommodation under the ADA and FEHA
  • Failure to engage in the interactive process under the ADA and FEHA
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • Employee fraud and embezzlement
  • Workplace violence
  • Public contract violations
  • Violation of civil service rules during a promotion process
  • Violation of ethics rules
  • Child abuse
  • Insubordination
  • Abuse of drugs and alcohol

Our Workplace Investigations Unit is headed by Vida Thomas, who began conducting workplace investigations for employers in the 1990’s. An AV-rated attorney who has practiced employment law for 21 years, she served as a Board Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (“AWI”), the first association of its kind to set standards and best practices for workplace investigations. Vida also served as the Co-Chair of AWI’s Committee on Best Practices, helping to develop AWI’s “best practices” framework for workplace investigations.  She trains attorneys and human resources professionals on how to conduct legally effective workplace investigations and serves as an expert witness in state and federal employment lawsuits on the subject of workplace investigations.

We go to great lengths to investigate our clients’ workplace matters in a discrete and confidential manner, treating everyone involved with respect and dignity.  Because we are a full-service law firm, our attorney-investigators have the necessary resources to conduct timely, top-notch investigations and provide well-written and useful investigation reports.

Testimonials

 “Thank you for providing such a thorough and informative training. Our audience ranged from experienced to novice investigators and everyone left with a deeper understanding of the guiding principles of conducting workplace investigations. You provided levity and authority that help lend to a very engrossing interactive training style.”