We are excited to share the next installment of our video series, Conducting Workplace Investigations | Step #7: Interview the Accused. This series, 10 Steps Every Company Should Take When Conducting Workplace Investigations, is intended to guide HR leaders faced with investigating a complaint between coworkers, such as harassment or inappropriate conduct, through the investigation process.

Each video in this series offers practical tips on everything from creating the investigation plan; interviewing relevant parties; and dealing with the aftermath of the investigation, including potential disciplinary actions taken against an employee.

In this video, Bass, Berry & Sims labor and employment attorney Bob Horton outlines best practices to keep in mind when interviewing the accused party during a workplace investigation. These practices include guidance on the flow of the interviews, specifically how to build up to more challenging questions while still keeping the individual comfortable. Bob also addresses false accusation concerns and how best to address those for the person accused of a workplace conflict.

Several attorneys in our Labor & Employment Practice Group are featured in this video series and offer great recommendations for navigating this tricky process.

View previous videos in the series:

Step 1: Intake the Complaint

Step 2: Interview the Complainant

Step 3: Plan the Process

Step 4: Perfect the Plan

Step 5: Interview Best Practices

Step 6: Interview the Witness

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