What is a workplace investigation?
A workplace investigation usually involves an employer engaging an internal or external investigator to interview witnesses and render a report about an incident in the workplace. Workplace investigations are often used by employers to obtain incriminating information that may expand beyond the scope of the initial purpose of the investigation. A workplace investigation can also often culminate in disciplinary action, including the issuing of a warning or dismissal. Therefore, they should always be treated seriously by employees.
How do I handle a workplace investigation?
It is always important to first understand the nature of any workplace investigation you are directed to participate in. If allegations about your performance or conduct are being made as part of the investigation, it is imperative that you receive enough information to allow a meaningful response. It is always best to have a support person present at any investigation meeting and to request time to consider the allegations and provide a detailed written response.
The lawyers at Jewell Hancock Employment Lawyers can assist you by requesting further information and evidence about any allegations that have been made against you, attending any investigation meeting as your support person, formulating a written response to any allegations, obtaining a copy of the investigation repot and challenging any disciplinary outcome, including by way of an application to a court or tribunal.
If you have been directed to participate in a workplace investigation, it is important to obtain advice as soon as possible. This may be the difference between keeping your job or losing it.
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