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Whose Investigation Is It? Independence, Influence and the Fear of Retaliation
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Friday, November 4
1:45 - 2:45pm


An internal investigator should have the independence - without fear of retaliation - of concluding that a supervisor, manager or executive violated the company's polices. Consider situations where management threatens an investigator with termination if he or she concludes that an executive engaged in harassment. Or, the situation where the investigator’s findings and recommendations are changed by legal counsel or management despite the fact the investigator was the only person who interviewed witnesses and assessed credibility.If the investigator objects or is fired, are they protected under Title VII from retaliation?  These and other complex issues are discussed by an EEOC District Director and former 20-year Regional Attorney. Bring your thoughts and questions!

Speaker: William Tamayo


William R. Tamayo

William R. Tamayo

William R. Tamayo is the District Director of the EEOC San Francisco District Office. He served as the EEOC Regional Attorney for 20 years (1995-2015)and oversees the EEOC program in Northern California, Northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho and Montana. He has conducted numerous trainings for EEOC TAPS programs, NELA, ABA and others on investigating sexual harassment, retaliation, national origin, religious accommodation, immigration-related issues and other topics. During his tenure as EEOC Regional Attorney, the San Francisco District filed over 300 cases and recovered $350 million for victims of discrimination. He was CAOWI's founding Keynote Speaker in 2010.