The recent resignation of President Joe Biden’s top science adviser, Eric Lander, has brought the issue of workplace bullying into the national spotlight. Lander, a Cabinet member and director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, resigned following an investigation that he had violated the White House’s Safe and Respectful Workplace Policy.
Investigators Can Learn from Commanders’ Missteps as Media Focuses on Its Response to Sexual Harassment Complaints
Sexual harassment allegations in the newly named Washington Commanders NFL franchise have been a dynamic, evolving story that has been building since July 2020. During that summer, the Washington Post first published an account of sexual harassment within the Commanders’ organization and detailed the franchise’s failure to deal with the problem.
PII’s Role in a Class-Action Lawsuit a Decade Ago Connects to Current Changes in Military’s Handling of Sexual Assault
At the end of 2021, federal lawmakers agreed to a fundamental change in how the military addresses cases of sexual assault and other criminal matters. Commanders will no longer make decisions on whether those accused of rape, sexual assault, domestic violence, murder, and other offenses will face prosecution, instead shifting this authority to independent military prosecutors.
I see connections in unusual places sometimes. Baseball and workplace or campus investigations may seem very different. But as a lifelong investigator and a lifelong baseball fan, I see links between these two disparate subjects that can provide lessons and guidance for investigators.
The rules on what investigators can say about confidentiality to witnesses and parties have been shifting, and we may see more changes ahead. We had our old practices, then we had Banner, and now we have Apogee. What’s next? Read on for a review of this evolving issue for private-sector employers.
Trans people frequently experience stigma, discrimination, and trauma as a result of living and moving through the world as themselves. Because of this, there may be an added layer of distrust around the investigatory process, and as trauma-informed investigators we need to mitigate potential harm as much as possible throughout the investigation.