Workplace discrimination takes a toll on employees and employers. It drives more than two million people to leave their jobs each year and costs companies billions of dollars in legal fees and lost productivity and revenue, as well as the damages caused by negative brand attention. In 2012 alone, the costs of workplace harassment and retaliation were an estimated $64 billion.
The entire organization benefits when a business fosters a workplace where employees feel safe and are able to perform optimally.
Despite many advancements, organizations still face situations where workplace misconduct is reported, suspected or discovered. When issues arise, proper workplace investigations must be timely, comprehensive and unbiased to stand up in court. They must also comply with the law and account for any possible risk to the employer and the potential victims of wrongdoing.
Hiring an external experienced legal team to handle workplace investigations ensures any workplace investigations will be conducted quickly and adhere to the letter of the law. It also helps create a safer, more productive environment for employees.