Employee claims must be taken seriously and adequate resources must be invested by a company in order to protect itself and and everyone involved, especially the complainant. Oftentimes, trying to handle things "internally" within the company backfires because employees do not have the right training and cannot avoid conflict of interests. This sometimes leads to even greater harm to the person(s) who complained and also the company who now has to deal with a lawsuit that could have been avoided.
For example, California law requires employees to take reasonable steps to prevent harassment and discrimination. Companies who knew or should have known of a claim but fail to act exposes themselves to liability. Procedures should also be put in place to prevent retaliation. Having independent workplace investigations conducted by a neutral third party such an an employment law attorney who has workplace investigations experience may greatly assist to defend against these type of claims. We are wrongful termination lawyers and employment law attorneys who practice throughout Southern California, particularly Orange County and Los Angeles County. We have same day appointments in Irvine and Long Beach.