Workplace Investigations

It is critical to the integrity of workplace investigations that they be conducted in accordance with due process and procedural fairness. They must also be completed in an efficient, timely, and fair manner.

At Pulver Crawford Munroe LLP, we understand the various perspectives at issue when workplace investigations are engaged. We are frequently retained by employers who require an impartial external investigator. We also act for complainants who advance and respondents who face serious allegations. In each case, a fair investigative process is of paramount importance and neutrality is key.

Our lawyers are experienced in conducting thorough and impartial investigations in the workplace. The following are examples where we have become involved:

  • The issue(s) is/are complex and sensitive;
  • The assessment of credibility is challenging;
  • There are multiple complainants and/or respondents;
  • The allegation(s) is/are against high-level member(s) of the organization;
  • The complainant is deceased;
  • The complainant is anonymous;
  • The complaint is made within a highly politicized environment;
  • There is a concern about perception of bias; and
  • The investigation process and outcome is likely to be highly scrutinized.

We have investigated allegations in a wide variety of sectors, including government, education, health care and post-secondary, as well as private sector and not-for-profit organizations.

  • Harassment (sexual or psychological);
  • Bullying;
  • Workplace violence;
  • Breach of workplace policies;
  • Hostile work environment;
  • Conflicts of interest;
  • Discrimination;
  • Abuse of authority;
  • Financial impropriety, and
  • Academic misconduct.

Our lawyers have extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced significant trauma and we bring a trauma-informed approach to our work in conducting workplace investigations.

If you are experiencing an issue in your workplace that warrants investigation or you require representation related to a workplace investigation, we invite you to contact us to discuss how we may assist.