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Fear Not! No Secret Handshake Here: Handling Non-EEO Investigations
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Speakers: Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson and Keith Rohman

Friday, November 4
9:30 - 10:00am

Misconduct in the workplace covers the full range of human behavior, including financial fraud, conflicts of interest, whistleblower allegations, abuse, neglect, and misappropriation of funds, among others. While many workplace investigators are comfortable in the EEO arena, many may be intimidated even at the thought of conducting a non-EEO investigation. The feeling may be that they don’t know the secret handshake that ‘real’ investigators have.

Fear not! This training, conducted by an experienced private investigator and a law firm partner who regularly conduct and advise clients about non-EEO investigations, will provide guidance to help you evaluate whether you can manage a particular non-EEO investigation. They will discuss the initial steps in a non-EEO investigation and help you to analyze what skills you may already have and the skills you may need. Guidance will be provided about how to decide when you need to find an expert or specialist to assist. This presentation will assist internal as well as external investigators who may be called upon to investigate issues outside the EEO arena.

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson

Britt-Marie Cole-Johnson is a partner at Robinson & Cole LLP. Ms. Cole-Johnson counsels boards of directors, senior management, and human resources professionals in all areas of employment law with a focus on sensitive, high-risk personnel issues and investigations as well as compliance and training. She is regularly engaged to advise clients regarding personnel policies; affirmative action compliance; pay equity; discipline and terminations; wage and hour issues; disability and reasonable accommodations; leaves of absence; employment contracts; separation agreements; and reductions in force. She also represents employers across various industries in litigation involving discrimination, wrongful termination, workers' compensation retaliation, and other employment claims before state and federal administrative agencies and courts.


Keith Rohman

Keith Rohman

Keith Rohman is the president of Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII) in Los Angeles, a firm with over 30 years’ experience assisting corporations, government entities and attorneys. He has been involved in many high-profile cases, including litigation related to the torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, allegations of shootings of Iraqis by Blackwater, Inc., the trial against Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King, and numerous capital murder cases. Mr. Rohman is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola Law School, where he teaches fact investigation. Mr. Rohman served as the court appointed Monitor in the matter of Pierce v. Orange County, et al., a federal ADA class action case filed on behalf of disabled inmates at the Orange County Jail. He was appointed by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel (EOP) of the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, a civilian oversight board that oversees Internal Affairs investigations of discrimination allegations at the LASD. PII was contracted to investigate discrimination complaints against elected officials and high-level County executives with the County of Los Angeles, and was selected by the City of Los Angeles as an investigator for the Special Committee on Investigative Oversight which handles similar investigations. Mr. Rohman served as the executive director of Los Angeles City Office of Discrimination Investigation, which conducted more than 300 employment discrimination investigations, and provided recommendations to the City Council on restructuring how the city handled these matters. Mr. Rohman is a sustaining member of AWI and has been a popular speaker at AWI annual conferences, seminars, webinars, and Institutes.