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Workplace Investigations

A prompt and thorough response to allegations is crucial to the successful resolution of any workplace incident or complaint. Internal investigations often provide an opportunity for the company to identify and address violations, thereby mitigating the risk of an enforcement action or litigation. Our attorneys have handled complex internal investigations across multiple or cross-border jurisdictions, addressing issues such as sexual harassment, employee misconduct, whistleblowing, and criminal offences including fraud, bribery and corruption. We have represented entities conducting internal investigations, conducted internal investigations as independent counsel, and defended individuals and other parties in connection with internal investigations.

Experience Highlights

  • Board of directors of a technology company to investigate claims of sexual harassment by the CEO and founder.
  • Board of directors of a public education company to investigate claims of harassment and discrimination by the CEO.
  • Large multinational semiconductor company in multiple investigations spanning several years, including: (1) sexual harassment claims against a vice president, (2) sex discrimination claims against a head of a division and (3) race discrimination and whistleblower claims against various senior management officials.
  • Board of a public port authority to conduct a high-profile investigation of its executive director and two senior executives involving allegations of, among other things, improper expenditures of public funds on strip clubs.
  • Waste management company to conduct a privileged investigation into discrimination and whistleblower claims; privilege was later waived and the investigation was used as a defense in a jury trial resulting in a complete defense verdict for the company.
  • Board of directors of a financial services company to conduct a year-long investigation of whistleblower claims against founder, CEO and head of sales.
  • Retail chain client in investigation of its vice president of operations in claims of sexual harassment and gender discrimination.
  • Technology company regarding multiple investigations involving alleged harassment and discrimination by various managers and executives.
  • Professional services firm regarding investigation of harassment allegations against a partner and management committee member.
  • Healthcare company regarding investigation of harassment and discrimination allegations against the CFO.

Key Contacts

David J. Reis
David J. Reis
San Francisco
+1 415.471.3166

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