Successful workplace investigations are complex undertakings. They are time consuming and fraught with enormous potential for legal liability. When done properly, they combine an intricate mixture of skill, experience and luck. Those who attempt them without an adequate understanding of their fundamentals are recklessly naive. Workplace investigations can also be expensive. Today’s competitive world requires organizations of all sizes, both public and private to manage their resources carefully. An improperly conducted workplace investigation can be ruinous and destroy the careers of everyone who touches it. Few workplace activities invoke so much risk and at the same time, so much opportunity.
Large or small, organizations of all types routinely conduct internal workplace investigations. Though the objectives, and certainly the scope of these undertakings have varied widely, their principal purpose is most often that of objective fact-finding. Thus the fact-finder must be fair, impartial, thorough and purposeful. Then to fulfill the varied objectives of the assigned investigation, the effective fact-finder must have a process. Lacking an effective process, fact-finders often spend more time and resources than necessary, produce inconsistent results, and create unnecessary liabilities for those they serve. No investigation, regardless of its objectives or scope can be successful if not properly engineered and driven by process. ForensicPathways, Inc. pioneered this methodology and today calls it The Process of Investigation.
Using The Process of Investigation and our many years of experience we are able to engineer and conduct every investigation we perform to maximize results and our clients’ return on investment while reducing their exposure to liability. Areas of expertise include:
- Actual or alleged workplace misconduct (employee theft, harassment, discrimination, substance abuse and threats of violence);
- Actual or alleged civil and criminal acts targeting the organization (fraud, white collar crime, theft of intellectual property, governmental over-reach and breaches of fiduciary and contractual obligations);
- Assistance with civil recovery and restitution; and
- Assistance with both civil and criminal prosecution and defense.