Lauren Smith conducts seminar about internal investigations
On April 21, 2017, Lanier Ford attorney Lauren Smith led a lunch-and-learn seminar about conducting internal investigations.
To prevent lawsuits involving harassment of or discrimination against employees, one of the most effective tools is a formal complaint process. As part of that process, internal investigations must be conducted. Hence, this lunch and learn seminar addressed four key questions:
- When and how should an internal investigation be conducted?
- Who should conduct the investigation?
- What questions should be asked—and what questions should be avoided?
- What should the employer do after the investigation is complete?
Ms. Smith regularly consults with clients on day-to-day employment matters involving discrimination, harassment, employee policies and handbooks, discipline and termination, and exemption classifications. In responding to questions and concerns from employers, she regularly advises them about internal investigations. Ms. Smith also represents municipalities, governmental officials, and private-sector businesses in tort litigation brought under Alabama and federal law, including claims brought under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). She represents clients involved in lawsuits filed in both federal and state courts, and has significant appellate experience before the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the Alabama Supreme Court.