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The Witness Files: 10 People We Keep Seeing in Workplace Investigations (cont.)

William Nolan

William A. Nolan

Partner
Columbus Managing Partner

I have written here and here on BT Currents about the fact that it seems there are a handful of types of characters – among the complainants, the accuseds and the innocent bystanders alike – who seem to present themselves over and over again in workplace investigations, and a series I have written on i-sight.com about these characters and key strategies for dealing with each of them. The 10 characters I have identified are the following:

  • Complainants
- Poor performer - Questionable complainant - Parting shot complaint - Counseled for performance
  •  Accuseds
- Clueless yet complaint - Master manipulator - High risk harasser
  • Third-party witnesses
- Squeamish supervisor - Reluctant innocent bystander - Gossipy witness Recently I presented the second of two webinars presenting this series in that format. That webinar may be accessed at no charge here, and the first webinar may be accessed at no charge here. They review all of these recurring characters, with accompanying PowerPoint slides as well as audience questions. It is a helpful resource for any reader who may be investigating harassment or other workplace charges.

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