Workplace Investigation Service

  • Sexual harassment investigations, EEO investigations, and other workplace misconduct investigations

  • Investigators are former DOJ and law firm attorneys

  • We use Zoom for interviews to save time and costs

  • We’ve trained the EEOC and Google on investigative techniques

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Overview

Clear Law Institute conducts sexual harassment investigations, EEO investigations, and investigations of other alleged employee misconduct for organizations around the world.

Our team of former U.S. Department of Justice and law firm attorneys interview witnesses using Zoom videoconferencing to save time and costs.

We utilize the same research-based investigative techniques that we teach in our investigations training, which we’ve provided to organizations such as the EEOC, Google, the World Bank, and FedEx.

 


Clear Law's Investigative Expertise

Clear Law has experience conducting investigations for large and small organizations around the world.  Our investigative team has:

  • Trained thousands of attorneys, compliance officers, HR professionals, and other professionals how to conduct investigations
  • Provided expert witness testimony in cases challenging the adequacy of employers’ investigations
  • Investigated one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases.

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When should you outsource an internal investigation?

Courts have made clear that, when investigating sexual harassment and other allegations of employee misconduct, employers must ensure that the investigator has the proper training and experience to conduct an effective investigation.  Even organizations that have qualified investigators on staff often turn to Clear Law to investigate allegations that:

  • May result in future litigation or criminal proceedings, such as allegations of sexual harassment, discrimination, fraud, and bribery
  • Involve a high-ranking official within the organization
  • Involve “he said/she said” claims or claims where there are no eyewitnesses or other “smoking gun” evidence such that advanced techniques for detecting deception and truthfulness are required.


Cost-Effective Investigations

Clear Law is able to conduct thorough and effective investigations in a cost-effective manner.  First, Clear Law interviews witnesses using Zoom videoconferencing, saving time and travel expenses.  Second, because of Clear Law’s investigative methodology, Clear Law is able to complete investigations and write investigative reports quickly and efficiently.

In many cases, Clear Law is able to investigate the matter for a fixed fee, so that the client has certainty about the cost of the investigation before the investigation begins.


Chosen by HR Professionals and In-House Counsel

HR professionals and in-house counsel rely on Clear Law to provide a thorough, legally compliant investigative reports quickly.  Clear Law’s investigations are much less expensive that hiring a law firm to conduct the investigation.

Law firms also rely on Clear Law to conduct investigations on behalf of their clients.  In this way, law firm attorneys save their clients money in the investigation process and the law firm attorneys are not conflicted out of handling any subsequent litigation.  (Clear Law does not represent employers in litigation as Clear Law Institute is not engaged in the practice of law.)


Clear Law's Investigative Team

Michael Johnson, is the founder and CEO of Clear Law Institute.  After graduating from Duke University and Harvard Law School, Michael served as a U.S. Department of Justice attorney, where he was the lead attorney on one of the DOJ’s first “pattern or practice” sexual harassment cases.  Michael is one of the world’s leading experts on research-based methods for interviewing witnesses and detecting signs of deception and truthfulness.  He has provided investigations training for organizations around the world, such as Google, FedEx, HP, the EEOC, the United Nations, and the World Bank.  Michael’s investigations training has been featured in articles in the Wall Street Journal and New Yorker magazine.

Shannon Magill Farruk, J.D., Legal Compliance Specialist with Clear Law Institute, is an attorney who has advised Fortune 500 companies and other employers on all aspects of employment and discrimination laws, including internal investigations, risk management and development of HR policies and procedures.  She previously practiced employment law for large law firms, including Littler Mendelson and Dickstein Shapiro, in addition to the U.S. Department of Commerce.  She is a graduate of Hamline University and University of Minnesota Law School.

Teresa Harvey Rollins, J.D., Legal Compliance Specialist with Clear Law Institute, has nearly 20 years of experience representing Fortune 500 companies and other employers on a broad range of employment matters, including internal investigations and discrimination and harassment prevention. Tes previously practiced law as Counsel at Dickstein Shapiro and was CEO of PolicyPartner LLC, an employment compliance service provider. She is a graduate of Angelo State University and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.


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