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What is a workplace investigation?

Workplace investigations usually occur as the result of a complaint, or in relation to allegations of misconduct, bullying, harassment, breaches of health and safety procedures, or other disciplinary matters. The process for these investigation can be confusing and uncertain as there is no single legal framework that sets out how investigations should be conducted, so it's best to seek advice from an employment lawyer to guide you. 

How can an employment lawyer help me with an investigation? 

Workplace investigations are often conducted poorly or unfairly. Our team of employment lawyers have decades of experience advising professionals, executives, and employees on disciplinary matters and in workplace investigations. We take a proactive approach and attempt to resolve the matter as quickly as possible.

Your employment lawyer will guide you through the workplace investigation process: 

  • We respond: Responding to allegations which are the subject of a workplace investigation.
  • We stand by you: Appearing with you at interviews with workplace investigators.
  • We prepare: Preparing written complaints or grievances for clients who wish to initiate a grievance procedure or workplace investigation.
  • We represent you: Dealing with employers, regulatory authorities, tribunals or boards conducting workplace investigations to provide you with certainty, clarity and fairness.

We understand that workplace investigations need to be handled with both determination and discretion, and we work to successfully resolve your situation while protecting your current and future income, employment prospects and professional reputation. If necessary, we can also seek 'injunctive relief' on your behalf. An injunction is a court order requiring a party to do or cease doing a specific action. This can for example overturn the suspension of an employee who's being investigated.

Book an initial workplace investigation consultation with an employment lawyer and find out how we can help you. 

When should I seek legal advice for a workplace investigation? 

You should seek legal advice from an employment lawyer as soon as you're told you're being investigated and especially before you respond. Your legal options may be more limited once the investigation progresses too far. However, we're experienced at representing clients at every stage of a workplace investigation, so get in touch with our employment law team no matter what stage the investigation is at.

We're by your side

Our employment law team has an outstanding record of achieving successful outcomes for employees in both the private and public sector. We know how to navigate this increasingly complex and ever-changing area of the law.


Book an initial consultation with an employment lawyer. Your first consultation costs $690 (incl GST).


At your one hour consult, your employment lawyer will provide advice on your situation, the best action to take, and next steps. 


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