If I Could Turn Back Time . . . Getting Workplace Harassment Investigations Right

Tuesday 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Session Description

Join us for an opportunity to conduct a workplace harassment investigation with ZERO risk! Conversations are happening nationwide regarding harassment at work, with scandals surfacing daily involving a wide range of industries and government entities. It is imperative that employers, both large and small, understand when and how to conduct workplace investigations. Attendees will have the chance to experience the initial stages of a hypothetical workplace problem that should give rise to an investigation and practice responding to harassment allegations, including identifying key issues and creating a plan of action to investigate and resolve complaints.


Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson

Ms. Cole-Johnson counsels boards of directors, senior management, and human resources professionals in all areas of employment law, with a focus on sensitive, high-risk personnel issues, investigations, compliance, training, and U.S. market-entry initiatives for international corporations. She routinely advises private sector employers, ranging from Fortune 500 and NYSE companies, nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to manufacturers, financial services firms, and federal contractors. Ms. Cole-Johnson is a trained workplace investigator and also represents employers in litigation. As a trusted advisor, she regularly counsels board chairs and C-Suite executives on C-Suite/director transitions, the executive search/selection process, investigations, and board and committee training.




Rachel Kushel

Ms. Kushel counsels clients on employment law and workplace human resource issues, working across a wide range of industries, including health care, financial services, government, and higher education. She has extensive experience defending management clients in state and federal court litigation matters as well as handling union grievances and arbitrations on behalf of employers. Ms. Kushel also represents clients in alternative dispute resolution and mediation sessions. She is a trained workplace investigator and conducts training sessions related to topics such as sexual harassment, workplace civility and avoiding discrimination claims.