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Retaliation: Tips & Techniques for the Workplace Investigator
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Live & Recorded Webinar August 6, 2014 ♦ 1 to 2 pm PDT (20:00 to 21:00 UTC)

Presented by Justin Kochan and Alexander Sperry

Approved for 1 Hour California MCLE Credit & HRCI Credit (for live program only)
CLE Information for Other Jurisdictions

On its face, retaliation is straightforward concept. Yet, after the interviews are complete and the documents are summarized, an investigator may find themselves staring at a blank page and asking, what does it mean to “retaliate”? How should a retaliation analysis be structured? What are the appropriate standards? This webinar will provide a general overview of the laws against retaliation, shed light on what it means to “retaliate” in terms of a workplace investigation, help the investigator avoid making unintended legal findings, and provide tips and techniques for the structuring and execution of a defensible retaliation analysis.

Members Register $70

Non-Members Register $120


Justin Kochan

Justin Kochan

Justin Kochan is an associate attorney with Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. He is an employment attorney, specializing in workplace investigations. Mr. Kochan graduated from UC Davis School of Law, and earned his undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley. He is also a Certified Computer Forensics Examiner (CCFE). Mr. Kochan is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc., and obtained his certificate of completion at the AWI National Institute for Workplace Investigators in 2013. Mr. Kochan has lectured on the intersection of ethics, technology, and workplace investigations. He was part of the team that developed and presented AWI's popular interactive workshop The Investigator's Toolbox: Technology as a Tool for a Thorough Investigation, at AWI's 2012 and 2013 annual conferences. Mr. Kochan authored Shedding Light on Retaliation, published in the April, 2013 AWI Journal. Mr. Kochan also presented the AWI Webinar The Attorney Investigator: Avoiding Ethical Missteps in January 2014, and the Electronic Data session at the AWI Institute in February 2014.

Alexander M. Sperry

Alexander M. Sperry

Alexander M. Sperry is a partner with Van Dermyden Maddux Law Corporation. He has dedicated his career to providing labor and employment law counseling, training, and investigative and litigation services to public and private employers. Today, Mr. Sperry focuses primarily on conducting workplace investigations and training employers and employees on best practices. He is a frequent lecturer on workplace-related issues. In particular, he has studied and lectured on ethical issues in employment, including presenting  “Workplace Ethics: Your Responsibilities” training to multiple groups. Mr. Sperry co-authored Applying the California Supreme Court "Mixed Motive" Analysis in Workplace Discrimination Investigations, published in the July, 2013 AWI Journal. He also presented the AWI Webinar The Attorney Investigator: Avoiding Ethical Missteps in January 2014, and the Electronic Data session at the AWI Institute in February 2014. Mr. Sperry is an active member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc.