Diving Into the World of Witness Interviews in Workplace Investigations

Wednesday 12:30 – 1:30 PM

Session Description

What is the key to obtaining sound and fair findings at the conclusion of a workplace investigation? The information learned during the witness interviews. HR professionals who are conducting investigations quickly learn that obtaining information from employees and others requires training and a unique skillset to ensure that participants have faith in the process and fairness and impartiality of the outcome. Investigators must understand how to interview witnesses, including how best to structure an interview to obtain the most information possible through careful and thoughtful questioning and analysis of the available evidence.


Rachel Kushel, AWI-CH

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.


Abby Warren, AWI-CH

Ms. Warren counsels clients, including multinational corporations, private equity firms educational institutions, manufacturers, and non-profits, on employment law an workplace human resource issues, including personnel issues and compliance. She also defends clients in state and federal court litigation matters as well as before state and federal agencies. Ms. Warren represents federal contractors in their compliance efforts, including with regard to affirmative action plans and audits. She is a trained workplace investigator and conducts, manages and provides advice regarding workplace investigations. Ms. Warren conducts trainings and presents on topics such as sexual harassment, workplace investigations, and discrimination.