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$50,000 investigation supports misconduct allegations against Oakland police commissioner

As published by San Francisco Chronicle By Megan Cassidy March 16, 2020 A private investigation into Oakland police Commissioner Ginale Harris either partially or fully upheld six of seven allegations of misconduct, including complaints of her making racially charged comments, threatening city employees’ jobs and attempting to use her position to escape towing fees. Harris…

Effective Employee Reporting Systems After Weinstein Verdict

As published by Law 360 By Keith Rohman and Karen Kramer February 24, 2020 The Harvey Weinstein criminal case exemplifies what happens when powerful people have unfettered influence over the much less powerful. As it turns out, the powerful in these stories of sexual harassment are most often men, wielding their positions of power over women. This…

Viewpoint: Hold workplace investigations to high standards

As published by Washington Business Journal By Amy Oppenheimer and Keith Rohman, Contributing Writers January 17, 2020 Calling something an “investigation” does not make it so. Even today, questions still remain about the FBI’s investigation of sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, for instance. From our perspective as professional workplace investigators, the…

PII Investigations in Recent Court Rulings on Title IX

PII Investigations in Recent Court Rulings on Title IX October 18, 2019 Investigations completed by Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII) were part of two recent decisions by California courts. In both instances, PII investigated allegations of sexual assault at Occidental College. In John Doe v. Occidental College, B282292 and B284707, appellate courts ruled in the college’s…

After being harassed and pushed out of a Shell oil refinery, this woman pushed back

As published by BuzzFeed News Zahra Hirji, BuzzFeed News Reporter August 6, 2019 Ciara Newton had her dream job at a Shell refinery. But she was fired after enduring months of harassment, including sexist comments from supervisors and a lewd sticker. OAKLAND, California — She walked toward the witness stand at eight months pregnant, her slow…

After 11 Years, Abu Ghraib torture case headed to trial

As published by The Center for Constitutional Rights The Center for Constitutional Rights is headed to trial in an historic lawsuit about torture at the infamous “hard site” at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Al Shimari v. CACI et al. is a case on behalf of three survivors of torture at the prison—Suhail Al Shimari, Asa’ad Al…
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