Employment Blog

Can I Be Fired If I Don’t Cooperate With My Employer’s Criminal Investigation?
Surviving Workplace Investigations

If your employer is investigating possible criminal wrongdoing by you or others and asks you to answer some questions or provide information, what should you do? You need to act in your own best interests (after talking to legal counsel),...

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The Society for Human Resources Management: 7 Myths About National Origin Discrimination
Age Discrimination, In the News, Race Discrimination, Religious Discrimination, Surviving Workplace Investigations

January 26, 2017 Common National Origin Discimination Myths Myth: Conducting an investigation when allegations of a hostile work environment are made will insulate the company from liability. Fact: Claims still may be brought despite investigations, noted Tom Spiggle, founder of The Spiggle...

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Reporting Workplace Discrimination: Why It’s Important
Age Discrimination, Is It Worth It?, Race Discrimination, Sex Discrimination, Surviving Workplace Investigations

Things are not going well for you at work. Almost every day, you face various forms of unprofessional and harassing conduct from your co-workers. Based on the comments you have heard and the differences in treatment between you and other...

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Can I Record Conversations at Work?
Advice, Surviving Workplace Investigations

Employers are known to watch their employees, especially in industries where employers fear worker theft. Your employer may use security cameras, track your company-issued smartphone, or monitor your e-mails, Internet searches, or use of company computers. Surveillance by employers can be...

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I Think I’m About to Get Fired. What Should I Do? (Part II)
Advice, Surviving Workplace Investigations

In my first post on this subject, I discussed some important, basic advice about how to handle the you’re-going-to-get-fired meeting. If you want to get a more detailed view of what we tell people who come to see us before...

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I Think I’m About to Get Fired. What Should I Do? (Part I)
Advice, Surviving Workplace Investigations

One of the most frequent calls we get at the firm is from people who believe they are about to be fired. Usually, things have not been going well at work. The call comes from human resources about a meeting....

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Surviving Workplace Investigations
Surviving Workplace Investigations

In most nonworkplace situations, you know when you might have a criminal law problem. Rob a store or get pulled over while driving drunk, and you know you’ll be in trouble with the law. However, in white-collar investigations—ones that often...

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Your Rights In Workplace Investigation Chart
Surviving Workplace Investigations

What Happens The Protections You Have What to Do FBI agents show up in your office and “just want to talk.” You have the right against self-incrimination.You have no workplace protection. Don’t talk no matter what, even if they tell...

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