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Anatomy of a Sexual Harassment Investigation: SHRM Webcast

On September 22, 2021, Kirsten Scheurer Branigan, Esq. and Carole Lynn Nowicki, Esq. were pleased to present a Webcast “ANATOMY OF A SEXUAL HARASSMENT INVESTIGATION: THE GOVERNOR CUOMO INVESTIGATION” for Society of Human Rights Management (SHRM) North Jersey – Rockland Chapter.

The presentation addressed workplace investigations, and discussed nuances from the Cuomo Investigation including a discussion on the following:

  • Impartiality and Bias Considerations

  • Making Credibility Assessments

  • Fact Findings vs. Legal Conclusions

  • Attacking and Defending Investigations

  • Impact of #MeToo on Legal Standards

  • Evidence Standards and Considerations

It is critical to conduct effective investigations that are prompt, impartial, and thorough.

Effective investigations impact employee claims, employer defenses, and punitive damage awards under state and federal laws prohibiting harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. Investigators should be well-trained, objective, fair, and culturally competent.

KSB Law provides training on Conducting Effective Investigations.

This summary is for informational purposes only and is not intended to constitute legal advice. This information should not be reused without permission.