Julie Myers Wood on Ethics Issues in Internal Investigations [Podcast]


By Adam Turteltaub

Internal investigations are fraught with complexities, and while it is easy to focus on the practical complications, it’s also important to be aware of the ethical ones as well.

In this podcast Julie Myers Wood, CEO of Guidepost Solutions explains that the ethics questions have to be addressed throughout, starting with treating the complainant with respect.  That includes being sensitive to the nature of the allegation, particularly in cases of sexual harassment or assault.

It also means setting reasonable expectations of how much, if at all, you will keep a complainant in the loop, protection against retaliation.

Turning to the subject of the investigation, it’s important to ensure he or she is treated fairly and understands what steps the company will be taking to ensure a fair process.

Throughout, having written policies and procedures can be exceptionally helpful, she points out, in helping everyone understand how to keep the process on track and fair.

Listen in to learn more about how to ensure that your investigation is done right, both from a practical and ethical perspective.