Dizon & Shedden, P.C. is routinely called upon to investigate allegations of civil rights violations, including Title IX, Title VI and Title VII claims and workplace misconduct. We serve as independent investigators and neutral fact-finders so claims of discrimination or misconduct can be resolved appropriately and efficiently.

We frequently work with colleges, universities, school districts, and employers across a wide range of industries in the public and private sector. Regardless of the specific nature of the claim, we are thorough and objective as we approach each investigation, while remaining empathetic and respectful towards all parties involved.

Overview of the Investigation Process

A timely, thorough, and impartial investigation is critical in any claim of discrimination or workplace misconduct. We are frequently engaged by HR directors, school and college administrators, and general counsel to assist in resolving allegations ranging from violations of codes of conduct, to sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination.

While an investigation can take many forms, the process generally moves through the following stages:

  • Receipt or report of the claim and decision to investigate
  • Notification of interested parties
  • Engaging the investigator and planning the investigation strategy
  • Conducting interviews and gathering evidence
  • Documenting the investigation and generating a report

Investigations We Handle

Our firm regularly investigates claims involving:

Benefits of Outsourcing an Investigation

We have extensive experience investigating all manner of discrimination, harassment and other misconduct claims. We can ensure a thorough and efficient process that is handled professionally through an objective lens, and eliminates bias.

Outsourcing an investigation demonstrates a commitment to fairness and can protect an institution or company from allegations of bias or non-compliance. It is also helpful to have a third-party investigate when there is any level of mistrust between either of the parties and internal investigators. An outsourced investigation can lower that barrier to trust, and is also critical in cases where there may be a conflict of interest.

From a time management perspective, it can also sometimes be challenging for internal departments to turn their full attention to a complaint or reported allegation, when they are also managing a host of other personnel and administrative matters. Outsourcing an investigation eliminates that challenge, ensuring that the matter is being addressed with the attention necessary for a thorough and objective investigation. Utilizing a skilled and experience external investigator also mitigates the risk of errors in the investigative process.

At Dizon & Shedden, P.C., our process is efficient and cost-effective, and our reports are reliable and unbiased. We are highly trained and experienced and bring to each investigation an open mind, legal knowledge, and interviewing and analytical skills. We work to preserve impartiality and the integrity of the investigation.

We can save time and money while insulating your organization from potential legal liability that may result from a flawed internal investigation or accusations of bias that internal investigations sometimes experience. In many instances, our reports are used to resolve the issue quickly.

Dizon & Shedden: Committed to Integrity, Sensitivity, and Objectivity

We invite you to meet our team and learn why clients choose Dizon & Shedden. Then contact us today to schedule a confidential consultation to discuss your situation and how we can help.

Title IX/Gender-Based Misconduct

Dizon & Shedden, P.C., works with colleges, universities, and school districts to investigate allegations of sex- and gender-based misconduct, including those that fall under Title IX. When a school receives a report or complaint alleging such mi… Read More

ADA/Section 504

Schools, colleges and universities, and public and private employers across a wide range of industries frequently receive notice of disability discrimination claims based on alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section… Read More

Title VI & Title VII

The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Specifically, Title VI prohibits institutions, agencies and programs that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis o… Read More

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)

The Dignity for All Students Act, known as DASA, is an anti-bullying law that requires New York schools provide an educational environment that is safe, supportive, and free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying. DASA… Read More

Workplace Misconduct

Various situations can trigger the need for a workplace investigation. These include allegations of discrimination or harassment, workplace bullying or abuse, theft of company property, policy or statutory violations, and inappropriate use of the int… Read More