hen you need an experienced professional to resolve sensitive employee issues, Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services can help. Whether you are dealing with charges of sexual harassment, discrimination complaints, or incidents involving drugs and alcohol, a third-party investigator provides an objective viewpoint. Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services expert team is available on-demand to perform a complete investigation of sensitive workplace situations. We investigate, document, and determine the best course of action to minimize the costs to your organization.
Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services conducts investigations in all workplace employment areas including:
- Harassment and Discrimination complaints
- Allegations of "hostile work environment"
- Workplace violence
- Employee/Supervisor misconduct
- Anonymous complaints
Employees are filing workplace discrimination lawsuits in record numbers. Thorough and impartial investigation demonstrates the exercise of reasonable care to prevent and correct inappropriate workplace conduct consistent with the affirmative defense recognized in the Supreme Courts Faragher and Ellerth decisions. A good faith, unbiased analysis of the available facts and credibility assessment is the expectation of employees and the courts.
A fair and effective equal employment opportunity (EEO) internal investigation can be an employer's best defense against a potential discrimination lawsuit. When conducted properly, an internal investigation can help a company avoid costly and protracted litigation. A 2009 Supreme Court decision, Crawford v. Metropolitan Gov't of Nashville, created a new complication for employers. The Court held that employees are also protected from retaliation for reporting discriminatory conduct during an internal investigation of another employee's complaint.
Increasingly, employers must engage in internal investigations to address alleged improprieties and to deflect liability. Beyond meeting the laws expectations for an appropriate prompt and thorough impartial investigation Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services interviews provides individual participants with the opportunity to he heard by an independent third party. Employees also expect employers to investigate in response to complaints of harassment, discrimination, unfair treatment and hostile work environment. This can de-escalate emotionally charged situations while creating comprehensive documentation to support the appropriate corrective action.
Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services works with you to assess the issues, identify the risks and develop an approach to ensure a prompt and lawful investigation.
Ms. Puiggari has been specially trained to conduct investigations and has been doing so for over 15 years. The investigations are performed by a lawyer who specialized in employment law, providing you with an investigator that can focus on the legal issues involved in the matter and also has the experience to advise on how to de-escalate the situation as needed. Issues such as what law governs, special issues involving union members and public employees, evaluating the evidence and considerations of the potential discovery of the investigation report are just a few of the areas to be considered. You can count on our expertise for legally sound approaches to evidence gathering, interviewing and credibility assessment. Results are presented in a comprehensive investigation report, your legally defensible basis for informed decision making.
Post Investigation Consulting-Often, knowing the facts, once they are established is not enough. Your relationship with Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services continues and we are available to assist with the post investigation analysis and resolution.
Puiggari and Associates Consulting Services also provides expert witness services.