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Workplace investigations — Arizona


Just as in emergency medicine, where the actions taken immediately after an accident are critical in determining the patient’s future, a rapid response to workplace problems, such as harassment, discrimination, retaliation, or conflict among coworkers, is crucial to lessening the employer’s risk of liability.   

There are many different types of employee conduct that may trigger an obligation by the employer to conduct the investigation. Harassment, discrimination, and retaliation based on race, sex, age, religion, and other protected categories are the most common and offer the greatest potential to avoid liability by conducting prompt and proper investigations and follow-up corrective actions. See Workplace harassment. This chapter will therefore use the subject of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation investigations as a way to illustrate the methods of conducting proper investigations of employee conduct.

There are a variety of other subjects, however, that employers must investigate. Information that a worker may threaten others or become violent must be promptly and thoroughly investigated, otherwise the employer may be subjected to large potential liability, as discussed in Workplace violence, and Negligent supervision and retention.

What may warrant an investigation

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