Solo and Small Firm

The Practitioner Winter 2014, Volume 20, Issue 4

Investigating Complaints of Harassment and Discrimination

By Carole M. Ross

Carole Ross of Ross Employment law conducts workplace investigations into allegations of employee misconduct such as discrimination, harassment and retaliation. She also advises on employment law issues including discipline, termination, reasonable accommodation, leaves of absence, wage hour, and employment agreements. Ms. Ross has more than 20 years of large law firm experience litigating employment cases, representing employers in discrimination charges filed with government agencies, and providing employment law advice to employers.

Imagine a complaint against filed against containing any of these allegations:

Think these kinds of allegations are not made against law firms? Think again. Staff members, associates, and partners have alleged these types of allegations against law firms, large and small. One common theme in both harassment and discrimination lawsuits is the allegation that the firm’s partners knew about the conduct and failed to do anything about it. All California employers, including law firms, have certain obligations when an employee complains about harassment or discrimination.

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