Bar Bulletin

Bar Bulletin

How Unconscious Bias Can Influence A Workplace Investigator’s Determinations

April 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Elizabeth Van Moppes

“I will look at any additional evidence to confirm the opinion to which I have already come.”
—Lord Molson

Workplace investigators often find themselves having to weigh the credibility of one witness’s statement against another. However, they must also stay mindful of the effect that their own participation has in every interview they conduct. 

They are a participant in the investigation as much as any witness; perhaps more than any one witness, because the investigator’s influence and biases touch each and every witness’s interview. Thus, whoever conducts the investigation should not only be well trained in the skills that are...

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