Presented by: Ann B. Plunkett, WorkPlace Partners, Inc.Conducting Work Place Investigations - Avoiding Common Mistakes

Objectives and Competencies:

Attendees will learn

  • the requirements for a prompt and thorough investigation
  • how to select an investigator
  • limits of confidentiality
  • need for impartiality
  • determination of the scope of the investigation
  • role of the investigator
  • gathering and assessing information
  • how and when to prepare a report
  • protecting against retaliation
  • EEOC guidance on investigations
  • appropriate remedial action
  • info regarding attorney-client privilege



Ann B. Plunkett Esq., WorkPlace Partners, Inc.

Ann has over thirty years of legal and human resources experience as corporate counsel, employment counsel and human resources executive in various corporate settings.

After two years in private law practice, she served as Assistant Counsel for T. G. & Y. Stores Company, a national discount retailer based in Oklahoma City, OK.  In 1985 Ann relocated to St. Louis to join The May Department Stores Company.  As Senior Counsel at May, she specialized in employment law, handling a broad scope of legal and human resources matters for May’s numerous divisions through the country.  Ann also gained hands-on human resources management experience at May, directing the store human resources function in an operating division.

At Fox Photo, Inc., a photo/imaging subsidiary of Eastman Kodak, Ann combined her legal background with her human resources expertise, serving as General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources.  In addition to managing all legal business issues internally for the 435 stores in 26 states, she directed the human resource functions including compensation, benefits, HR information systems, employee relations and federal and state compliance.

In 1998, Ann founded the full-service human resources consulting firm, WorkPlace Partners, Inc., which serves a myriad of companies in the St. Louis area and around the country.  Clients include a number of industries and all sizes of businesses, from sstart-up companies to large well-established enterprises and non-profit organizations. Ann serves as an expert witness in employment litigation around the country and is a frequent guest speaker on various employment related topics.