Investigating Workplace Complaints
All employers have a legal obligation under California and federal law to conduct prompt, thorough and objective investigations on employees’ complaints about harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. Moreover, investigations into workplace complaints can resolve problems early, promote employees' confidence about the workplace, and ensure compliance with policies and the law.
Shivani Sutaria serves as neutral, third-party investigator. She investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, accommodation issues, workplace violence, bullying and all types of alleged misconduct. Ms. Sutaria draws on her years of employment law experience and expertise to conduct objective, skilled, prompt and comprehensive fact-finding investigations. She utilizes proven investigative techniques to obtain the relevant facts, analyze the collected data, conduct credibility analysis, and provide factual findings in a comprehensive report.
Shivani Sutaria is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI), has completed AWI’s Training Institute for Workplace Investigators and is AWI Certificate Holder. She is the Co-Convener of the Silicon Valley Local Circle and was selected as Part-Time Faculty for the AWI Training Institute in New Orleans in May 2020.
Read Shivani Sutaria's published article in The Practitioner, the publication for the Solo & Small Firm Section of the California Lawyers Association, titled "The Four “W”s of Workplace Investigations: When, Who, What to Expect and What is Adequate."
Investigations in the News:
August 10, 2020. McDonald’s Sues Former CEO, Accusing him of Concealing Facts during Investigation. Read New York Times article here.
July 27, 2020. Workplace Investigation into "Toxic Environment" Claims at Ellen DeGeneres Show. Read Variety article here.