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Use Deflategate’s lessons to get a grip on investigations

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by Patti C. Perez and Michael Clarkson, Esqs., Ogletree Deakins

workplace investigationOver the years, workplace investigations have taken on greater importance in the HR world. Now, with investigations routinely making headlines, they have become a part of our popular culture as well.

Most recently, the investigation conducted and conclusions reached on issues related to “Deflategate” have triggered national attention and controversy.

That’s the football controversy in which New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was set to be suspended—some say fairly, others say capriciously—for four 2015 games after evidence emerged that footballs had been underinflated during a playoff game last season. An underinflated ball is allegedly easier to pass.

The issues raised by Deflategate provide great lessons for those of us who routinely conduct investigations.

Unconscious bias

The public outcry over the results of the Deflategate investigation tends to fo...(register to read more)

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