Appraising Credibility, Reaching Conclusions & Writing the Investigative Report: Steps to Minimize Harassment Liability

Duration: 60 Minutes
Writing the investigative report starts from the very beginning of your investigation and continues throughout the process. This webinar will discuss the intricacies of writing the critical final report of your investigation that may be discoverable (all documents that must be provided to opposing counsel in case of a lawsuit) if an employee files a formal charge with the EEOC or your state's human rights department, or if you are sued. A number of critical actions are required as part of your investigation. These include determining credibility of each interviewee, corroborating evidence and reaching a conclusion. In order to write a thorough report, investigators must make a decision as to whether the investigated misconduct was a violation of any laws or policies and present these findings in an objective, accurate and concise manner. An in-depth comprehensive investigative report memorializes the investigation, and can be evidence that an investigation actually occurred to minimize your liability.
Workplace Law
Instructor: Dr. Susan Strauss
Product ID: 501433
Objectives of the Presentation
  • Receive an in-depth outline of the critical elements in an investigative report
  • Learn what needs to be documented regarding credibility of each witness, target, and accused
  • Learn how to corroborate evidence
  • Learn how to draw conclusions
  • All of which must be included in the report to minimize liability
Why Should you Attend
There are two primary reasons:
  • The existence of the report is used to support the findings of the investigation which demonstrates the organization was prompt, equitable, and fair in conducting the investigation. This will diminish the liability of the organization.
  • Writing the report provides rich data to examine the workplace and make changes in terms of training, the policies and procedures to minimize misconduct.
Areas Covered
  • Discuss the critical elements of the investigative report
  • Discover the importance of the investigative report
  • List frequently missing elements from reports
  • Appraise credibility of each interviewee and how to document it within the report
  • Describe how to document the process of reaching conclusions
  • List required follow-up actions
Who can Benefit
  • Human resources professionals
  • Generalists
  • Mangers
  • Directors
  • Those tasked with investigations
  • Investigator
  • Inspector
  • HR Auditors
  • HR Compliance Managers
Topic Background
In my experience as an expert witness for harassment, discrimination, and bullying lawsuits, human resources professionals do not know how to do an investigation and do not know how to document and write a final report which is critical to ensure employees' civil rights are not compromised.

Knowing how to write a formal investigative report may save a tremendous financial burden on the organization. An investigation that is not documented basically did not occur.
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Instructor Profile:
Dr. Susan Strauss is a national and international speaker, trainer, consultant and a recognized expert investigator on workplace and school harassment and bullying. She conducts harassment and bullying investigations and functions as an expert witness in harassment and bullying lawsuits. Her clients are from business, education, healthcare, law, and government organizations from both the public and private sector.

Dr. Strauss also provides organizational, management, and employee development by conducting training, coaching, and facilitating workshops. She has been the Director of Training and Development and consults with a variety of organizations and industries, both large and small. Susan has also been the director of Wellness and has consulted with organizations to help them design, develop, implement and evaluate their Wellness programs.

Susan has a doctorate in organizational leadership. She is a registered nurse, has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and counseling, a master’s degree in community health, and professional certificate in training and development. She has been involved in the harassment and bullying arena since 1985.
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