• 13 minutes

The Importance of Effective Investigations


A complaint of discrimination or harassment has come in and is not sitting with the HR department. What comes next?

First and foremost an investigation has to be conducted for every complaint of discrimination or harassment. The law requires an effective investigation be done to determine the viability of the complaint. Investigations help with mitigation with government agencies. They are going to want to know what you did when the complaint was filed, which will set the tone with how the different agencies will deal with you as they analyze the charge. This video reviews how investigations can help reduce civil litigation and damages, as well as how they can create a culture of compliance and help employees feel comfortable bringing forward complaints and making reports.

Runtime: 13 minutes



Colin Barnacle

Colin Barnacle

Ascent Law, PC

  • Partner in Denver office of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
  • Practice emphasizes all aspects of labor and employment, with particular emphasis on EEOC and OFCCP class action litigation and systemic discrimination investigations
  • Conducts regular seminars and workshops on numerous key labor and employment areas including, but not limited to, EEOC and OFCCP defense, affirmative action compliance, conducting workplace investigations, and FLSA and ADA/FMLA compliance
  • Wrote several publications related to the areas of the EEOC and OFCCP’s systemic discrimination initiatives and FLSA/wage and hour collective and class actions
  • Former in-house head of International Labor & Employment compliance at The WhiteWave Foods Company and The Gates Corporation
  • J.D. degree, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; B.A. degree in political science, Amherst College
  • Can be contacted at 303-583-9918 or [email protected]

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