PII has a national reputation for conducting investigations of employment discrimination and sexual harassment. From allegations occurring in executive suites to complaints from the mail room, PII has probed hundreds of accusations concerning race, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation.
Closely related and often linked, PII has investigated countless allegations of workplace retaliation. These allegations can expose employers to litigation risk, even when the underlying complaints of discrimination or harassment are unsubstantiated. Further, retaliation can often be subtle – the accused may present a legitimate, non-retaliatory basis for the actions – and the barriers to finding the truth can be complicated. In these cases, PII’s comprehensive and analytical approach helps companies get the facts they need.
Companies have sought PII’s assistance when:
• A movie studio executive was accused of sexually harassing numerous employees, including a producer, writers and production assistants, pressing them for sex while on location.
• The general manager of an international engineering firm claimed his transfer was based on his national origin and religion.
• An aide at a nursing home complained of being retaliated against after reporting employment discrimination in a workplace rife with tensions between Latino and African-American staff.
• A janitor alleged that she was sexually assaulted by her manager in the company’s largely vacant warehouse.
• A disabled employee alleged that management was not complying with his accommodations when he was asked to attend an off-site meeting at a venue that did not appear to be ADA-compliant.