Practice group helps clients navigate harassment allegations, conduct workplace trainings & investigations and manage reputation concerns
SEATTLE (March 13, 2018) Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) announced the launch of a new Workplace Misconduct practice to help clients navigate the complex legal, practical, and ethical issues associated with problematic or illegal behaviors in the workplace, including those related to allegations of sexual or other types of harassment, violation of company rules or expectations and other risks stemming from the workplace culture.
The practice is headed by GSB Principals Diana Shukis and David Smith and brings together a team of advisors that understands the highly sensitive nature of these matters and is experienced in helping organizations avoid and navigate allegations of misconduct. The group provides clients with the full backing of GSB’s experience in labor and employment law, white collar defense, investigations, corporate finance and tax, data privacy, dispute resolution and litigation.
“In the current climate, workplace behavior is subject to increased scrutiny and litigation arising from it is common,” said Shukis. “We have established this practice to help our clients understand the issues at stake, evaluate the risks, and respond decisively when a crisis related to workplace behavior occurs.”
GSB’s Workplace Misconduct practice takes a holistic approach when representing individuals or organizations, responding quickly when a crisis presents itself, but also preparing clients to limit the risks before a crisis occurs. These preparations can include comprehensive trainings led by GSB attorneys, strategic advice, directing investigations with appropriate discretion, coordinating public relations efforts, and handling litigation or other dispute resolution.
“Allegations of harassment or other unethical behavior can disrupt everything from morale to ongoing business operations, not to mention put the business at significant financial risk, so it’s criticial to have a well-rounded team of adivsors.” said Smith. “Responding appropriately at the outset will often define the outcome, ensure the respectful treatment of those involved, and preserve the reputation of an organization.”
The new practice has placed a special priority on respecting the confidentiality of all parties that might be involved in a case of workplace misconduct. GSB attorneys are trained to undertand the sensitivities around privacy, mental health, personal safety and personal reputions on both sides of an allegation. This sensitivity not only includes conducting fair and independent investigations, but also the need to consider how communications strategies, public relations and the news cycle can play a role in managing a situation involving workplace misconduct.
Read more about GSB’s Workplace Misconduct practice.
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Since its founding in 1966, GSB has provided results-oriented legal counsel to help clients – from established market leaders, to newly launched enterprises and governmental bodies – solve problems, create new opportunities and mitigate risk. The firm takes a holistic approach to managing clients’ needs, with attorneys that are deep in industry experience as well as broad in current and emerging issues. GSB has offices in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York, and Beijing. More information is available on the web at www.gsblaw.com.
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- Puget Sound Business Journal, 2.16.18