Overview

Complaints of workplace misconduct need to be addressed promptly and thoroughly by an experienced investigator. We have extensive experience investigating employees and work groups from a wide variety of backgrounds. Most of our investigators are licensed both as attorneys and as Private Investigators. The workplaces where we conduct investigations are highly diverse, including businesses, medical and research facilities, state and local governmental agencies, courts, police and fire departments, public utilities, and public officials and their staffs. We have particular expertise in conducting investigations where there is alleged misconduct at the upper levels of the organization, the potential for reputational damage is exceptionally high, there is a need for institutional transparency, and neutrality is essential.

Our private sector investigation work ranges from an online merchandise company with thousands of employees to technology startups and health care entities. In the public sector, we have conducted investigations for numerous counties and cities throughout Washington, as well as state agencies in areas such as public instruction, insurance, agriculture, corrections, and social and health services.

We also conduct investigations for educational institutions, including public universities, community colleges, and technical colleges throughout the state. In addition, we conduct investigations for local school districts and private schools. Our work for schools includes not only workplace investigations but also Title IX and other faculty and student misconduct cases.

Because of the variety of organizations that we work with, we are familiar with the various regulatory and other requirements that can impact an investigation, such as the Public Records Act, Weingarten union representation rights, Garrity Fifth Amendment rights, HIPAA and FERPA privacy protections, ethics and conflict of interest issues, prohibitions on gifts of public funds and use of public resources for private gain, Loudermill pre-discipline hearings, and name-clearing hearings.

Key Areas

  • Best Practices Audits
  • Bidding and Contracting Irregularities
  • Bullying
  • Climate Assessments
  • Conflicts of Interest
  • Discrimination
  • Diversion of Business Opportunities
  • Dishonesty
  • Drug and Alcohol Misuse
  • Employee Theft and Property Damage
  • Equal Pay Violations
  • Ethics Violations
  • Failure to Hire or Promote
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) Claims
  • Harassment
  • HIPAA Violations
  • Hostile Work Environment
  • Misappropriation of Trade secrets
  • Police Misconduct
  • Research Misconduct
  • Retaliation
  • Title IX Violations
  • Unsafe Workplace Claims
  • Wage and Hour Claims
  • Whistleblower Complaints
  • Workplace Violence