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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…

Ex-UC Riverside administrator James Sandoval sexually harassed employees over 20-year period, probe finds

The Press-Enterprise Ex-UC Riverside administrator James Sandoval sexually harassed employees over 20-year period, probe finds By: Ryan Hagan Over the course of 20 years before his January retirement as a UC Riverside vice chancellor, James Sandoval pursued unwanted romantic relationships with four women who worked for him, demanding full body hugs and punishing them when they…

Investigation finds former UC Riverside vice chancellor sexually harassed two women

Los Angeles Times Investigation finds former UC Riverside vice chancellor sexually harassed two women By: Teresa Watanabe A former UC Riverside vice chancellor sexually harassed two women he supervised with unwanted touching, intimate texts and persistent invitations to private dinners and drinks, a University of California investigation has found. James Sandoval singled out at least four…
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