Baltimore, MD | October 24, 2017
The news has been flooded with embarrassing workplace allegations at Fox News, Uber and now with The Weinstein Company. Fox News paid millions of dollars in employee settlements and Uber’s public image has been severely impacted as a direct result of these allegations. As exemplified by these and other companies, management is well-advised to invite outside legal counsel to investigate workplace harassment and other harmful claims early on in the process, to help mitigate and potentially avoid these negative outcomes. Outside legal counsel can apply skilled investigatory techniques to ascertain whether appropriate remedial measures need to be taken to avoid costly and counterproductive interruptions to normal operations resulting from damaging employee claims.
Offit Kurman has launched its official Workplace Investigations service to conduct unbiased and skilled workplace investigations, as well as critical employee training programs. Howard Kurman, the firm’s Co-Founder and Leader of its Workplace Investigations service, has extensive experience with workplace investigations and employee training. He has the skills necessary to minimize legal cost and financial exposure, as well as potentially embarrassing publicity arising out of often salacious workplace allegations.
Howard Kurman has conducted hundreds of detailed workplace investigations over the course of his career. He is engaged by companies across the country that either do not have the internal capability of performing such investigations themselves, or choose—for a variety of reasons—to outsource such investigations to an attorney who will conduct critical workplace investigations with the utmost sensitivity and understanding of what the law requires of all responsible employers faced with allegations of workplace misconduct or whistleblower complaints.
“You have to be discerning enough as an investigator to take the investigation where the facts lead you,” Mr. Kurman said of his approach. “Often, that’s complicated—often, it’s protracted—and you need to develop a sixth sense in how to judge the credibility of a particular witness. As an accomplished and experienced trial attorney, I’m used to making those credibility determinations on a daily basis.”
In addition to this service, Offit Kurman provides proactive employee training programs to help companies avoid and mitigate workplace issues. Mr. Kurman is regularly called upon to follow up workplace investigations with remedial training of management and company employees to avoid future legal missteps.
Learn more about Offit Kurman’s Workplace Investigation and training services here.
ABOUT HOWARD KURMAN
Howard K. Kurman is an employment attorney. Mr. Kurman regularly counsels clients on all aspects of proactive employment/labor issues. He represents employers ranging in size from as small as 20 employees to those employers with geographically disparate locations consisting of over 4,000 employees. Mr. Kurman assures, through regular contact with his clients, that they promulgate and maintain the most effective employment policies that will, to the extent possible, minimize their legal exposure in today’s litigious workplace. Mr. Kurman offers advice on employee handbooks, employment agreements, and covenants not to compete as well as confidentiality and non-disclosure agreements. Previously, Mr. Kurman was the chair of the firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group.
ABOUT OFFIT KURMAN
Offit Kurman is one of the fastest-growing, full-service law firms in the Mid-Atlantic region. With over 140 attorneys offering a comprehensive range of services in virtually every legal category, the firm is well positioned to meet the needs of dynamic businesses and the people who own and operate them. Our eleven offices serve individual and corporate clients in the Virginia, Washington, DC, Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York City regions. At Offit Kurman, we are our clients’ most trusted legal advisors, professionals who help maximize and protect business value and personal wealth. In every interaction, we consistently maintain our clients’ confidence by remaining focused on furthering their objectives and achieving their goals in an efficient manner. Trust, knowledge, confidence—in a partner, that’s perfect.
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