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Three investigation lessons learned from a political controversy

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Another day, another political scandal involving a politician accused of having an extramarital affair. Consider the recently exposed allegedly improper relationship between Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and a top female aide.

The case provides lessons for investigating bad behavior at work.

As of this writing, no details about any investigations have been released. We know Bentley admitted making sexually charged comments to his senior political advisor, but he has denied any physical affair took place. Additionally, the state’s former chief law enforcement officer, who broke the news of the alleged affair, was fired for allegedly engaging in his own misconduct at work.

This controversy presents several lessons for those of us who routinely conduct workplace investigations.

Not a character judgment

The story involves a governor who ran for office as an “honest, principled conservative” with strong family values. His family an...(register to read more)

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