Despite being common in many workplaces, few people understand the impact that an internal investigation can have on their job or their rights. Often times internal investigations are conducted by a lawyer or a law firm for the company – however this lawyer or law firm does not represent you and your interests. And what you say and do in an internal investigation can be used against you in your employment and potentially passed on to any government authority that might later be investigating the same alleged act(s) as criminal misconduct or negligence.
Oftentimes individuals are required or expected to fully participate in its company’s internal investigation – so what are you to do? It is critical to consult with an experienced internal investigations attorney BEFORE you are interviewed. Even if you think you have done nothing wrong or you may just be a witness, it is essential to consult with an internal investigations attorney. You have a right to consult with an attorney during an internal investigation, and you also have the right to have an attorney present with you during an internal investigation interview.
I’ve been on both sides of the table – I’ve represented large multi-national companies that were conducting internal investigations, and I’ve also represented individuals being questioned by their company. I have the knowledge and experience to make sure your rights are protected. I also have extensive knowledge of how company policies can interact with the laws that may affect you.