Preparing for the Formal Investigation

Jennifer Duke
March 3, 2016

During a formal investigation, the employee who filed the complaint, commonly called the "Complainant" will be interviewed and will have the opportunity to provide evidence and request that witnesses also be contacted and interviewed. Additionally, the Responsible Management Officials will be interviewed and also given the opportunity to provide evidence.

Because the Report of Investigation will form the basis for the case as it continues through litigation, it is important to be prepared to participate in the investigation. Typically, an investigator will interview the Complainant either in a live interview, either in person or over the telephone, or will give the Complainant a list of questions and ask that the Complainant provide written answers.

A Complainant's answers should help to frame his or her claims and demonstrate that each claim meets the legal burdens required to prove the claim. A Complainant should pay close attention to the facts of his or her case and try to present those facts in a manner that concisely addresses each element of a prima facie claim. This requires preparation and organization.

If you are a federal employee preparing for a formal investigation, the federal employee attorneys at Melville Johnson, P.C. may be able to assist you with your preparation and the litigation of your case. Call or message us today to discuss your situation and learn how we can assist you.

This blog and web site published by Melville Johnson, P.C. should not be used as a substitute for seeking competent legal advice from a licensed professional attorney. Readers of this information should not act upon any information contained on this blog or website without seeking professional counsel.
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