Review key issues when preparing for witness interviews.
Conducting an effective investigation could be the difference between providing the company an adequate defense in the event of a lawsuit and creating liability on behalf of the company. Courts generally do not require that the outcome of the investigation be perfect, only that it be supported by substantial evidence; and reasonably believed by the employer to be true. This white paper reviews why the investigation should be commenced as soon as possible, identifies which witnesses to interview and discusses what additional questions and matters to go over with the alleged wrongdoer.
George S. Howard, Jr.
- Of counsel in the law firm of Jones Day’s San Diego office
- Has represented employers for more than 40 years and has advised employers concerning dozens of complaints of sexual or other unlawful harassment, many of which resulted in litigation
- Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers and has been recognized since 1993 in The Best Lawyers in America
- For many years has presented for Lorman Education Services on conducting internal investigations of employment claims
- In the 1990s he was part of a team that provided anti-harassment training to the court staff and justices of the California Courts of Appeal and the California Supreme Court
- Recently co-wrote a paper analyzing the California Fair Employment and Housing Council’s regulations on discrimination and harassment
- Currently the amicus coordinator and a former chair of the Employers Group Legal Committee, a group of 18 prominent California lawyers who represent the interests of employers, as amicus curiae, in important employment and labor cases before the California and federal courts; in that capacity he was the author of a successful amicus brief in the important harassment case of Lyle v. Warner Brothers, in which the California Supreme Court addressed claims of environmental harassment involving the Friends television show
- J.D. and B.A. degrees, University of Virginia
- Can be contacted at 858-314-1166 or [email protected]
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