Bullying Investigations: Finding Our Way in Uncharted Territory - 2023 CALPELRA Annual Training Conference
2023 CALPELRA Annual Training Conference
#CALPELRA2023: A Season for Gratitude and Resilience
CALPELRA's 2023 Annual Training Conference, the 48th annual CALPELRA conference, will be held in beautiful Monterey, California, the week of November 14 - 17.
AALRR attorneys Gabriel Sandoval and Jorge Luna will speak at the 2023 CALPELRA Annual Training Conference. They will present...
Bullying Investigations: Finding Our Way in Uncharted Territory
Bullying behavior and abusive conduct claims are on the rise and with them, new investigations. While there is an existing roadmap of law and regulations to guide sexual harassment and similar types of discrimination investigations, the same type of guidance simply does not exist for bullying complaints. Investigators all too often confront competing expectations among managers and employees on how to approach these types of investigations, which often require the investigator to navigate heightened and competing emotions. How do you investigate when an employer doesn’t even have a bullying policy? When does appropriate supervision cross into abusive conduct? What is your role if you see discriminatory patterns that the reporting party has not even identified? What if the Respondent bullies you, the investigator?
This training will help you find your way to findings by identifying strategies on how to (1) craft an appropriate scope of investigation utilizing existing employer policies, (2) elicit relevant information from sometimes traumatized witnesses who are fearful of retaliation due to the alleged bullying, (3) determine whether bullying behavior is representative of discriminatory conduct; (4) make proper findings supported by the weight of the evidence; and (5) deal with tricky issues which can be unique to bullying investigations.
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