Sproat Workplace Investigations delivers thorough, unbiased workplace investigations for employers throughout Southwest Florida.
Our primary focus is workplace investigations. We work with employers or their counsel to identify the scope of each investigation so it covers all relevant issues, and to create a focused investigation plan that is efficient, cost-effective and tailored to those issues. Our unbiased investigation techniques allow us to gather detailed facts through witness interviews and document acquisition and review. We work quickly, efficiently and discreetly to minimize workplace disruption. Our in-depth knowledge of employment law guides us to analyze the evidence and to reach clear, reasoned decisions. When requested, we produce investigation reports that are organized, thorough and impartial.
We investigate claims of:
- Hostile work environment
- Failure to accommodate
- Ethics violations
- Violation of workplace rules
- Other workplace misconduct
We have experience conducting investigations in many industries for employers of all sizes, in both the public and private sectors and in unionized and non-union environments.
We hold information obtained during investigations in confidence, maintaining attorney -client privilege wherever applicable.
Our decades of employment counseling and litigation experience informs our advice to clients about whether to pursue an investigation. We advise clients on interim measures to preserve evidence and to avoid possible claims of retaliation. We help clients develop an internal investigation plan that complies with federal, state and local laws as well as internal company processes and procedures.
Clients know they can call on us through each step of the investigation. We offer pragmatic advice on issues that inevitably arise as the investigation evolves. For instance, we help clients strategize which witnesses to interview, the order of the interviews, and how the interviews should be conducted and documented. We can also help clients identify the evidence to gather and consider — whether it is documents, electronic communications or tangible items.
Our assistance covers analysis of the evidence and preparation of an investigative report that complies with federal, state and local law and is consistent with the client’s policies. We guide clients through the delicate process of communicating the results of the investigation to the affected parties. We help clients address confidentiality issues and deal with adverse publicity.
We offer one-on-one coaching and group training, ranging from an hourlong seminar to a daylong training course. Our training process is interactive and hands-on. Our training is fully customizable, and we’re sensitive to industry specifications and each client’s unique workplace culture. We incorporate the client’s policies and procedures into our training.
The investigator is a critical witness in many lawsuits involving workplace claims. An investigator ‘s testimony may be crucial to establish an affirmative defense that the employer took prompt and reasonable steps in response to an employee’s complaint of workplace discrimination or harassment.