As workplace sexual harassment complaints made national headlines, Keith Rohman was elected president of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), an international professional organization focused on investigating alleged employee misconduct.
Rohman, founder and president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc., (PII), is serving a two-year term as AWI’s president while he continues to lead the daily operations at PII, based in downtown Los Angeles. AWI’s membership includes more than 800 attorneys, human resource professionals, private investigators, and others who conduct or manage workplace investigations in the United States, Canada, and Australia.
AWI’s work is particularly relevant as #metoo continues to build momentum, and investigations into allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault increase. In a recent New York Times article regarding a new commission to combat sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, Anita Hill stated, “[C]ompanies are relying on independent third parties to investigate claims. This is especially important if the subject of the investigation is particularly powerful. . . . Third-party investigators who are truly independent can give people within businesses more confidence in the outcomes.”
PII continues to be a leader in this area, conducting third-party neutral investigations for large and small employers in both the public and private sectors. PII’s caseload also extends to educational institutions, where its team conducts Title IX investigations into complaints against students, faculty, and staff involving allegations of sexual assault and sexual harassment.