Workplace Investigations (LAWS6305)


Lawyers and HR/IR practitioners are increasingly required to deal with complaints of sexual harassment, bullying and discrimination, and address suspected misconduct such as Code of Conduct breaches, fraud/theft, and safety and other breaches. In order to take, and if necessary defend, disciplinary and other action, a proper factual and legal foundation must be established, through a workplace investigation. We also specifically consider how concepts of 'procedural fairness' and 'natural justice' impact a workplace investigation. The unit explores the various stages of a workplace investigation, including: (1) establishing the scope of the investigation and particularizing the alleged complaint or misconduct; (2) conducting interviews and gathering other information; (3) managing participants, including stand down/suspension; (4) evaluating information and making findings applying the relevant standard of proof and legal test(s); and (5) implementing investigation findings.

Our courses that offer this unit of study

Further unit of study information


Intro Class: Mar 22 (6-8) then Apr 8, 9 & 29, 30 (9-5)


class participation (20%), short assignment (30%) and major assignment (50%)

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6252 or LAWS6071

Additional Information

This unit has a restricted class size.

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Cross-institutional study

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