Eliminating Bias in Investigations

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An investigator’s job is to come to an unbiased conclusion about something that has occurred. But if the investigator is impacted by unconscious biases, staying impartial can be challenging.

It’s important, therefore, for anyone conducting investigations to recognize the potential for bias and work towards eliminating it. The more we understand our own biases, and the vulnerability we all have to be influenced by cognitive biases, the more we can do to prevent these biases from impacting our decision making.

Amy Oppenheimer, attorney, author and leading expert on workplace investigations, teaches investigators to conduct impartial investigations that aren’t affected by unconscious biases or the influence of external forces.

  • To identify the different forms of unconscious bias
  • The impact that bias can have on an investigation
  • How to recognize the signs of unconscious bias
  • What the Implicit Association Test (IAT) can teach us about unconscious bias
  • What studies have taught us about bias in different segments, such as law and education
  • What confirmation bias is and how to avoid it
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Amy Oppenheimer
Amy Oppenheimer


Amy Oppenheimer is an attorney with over 30 years experience working in the field of employment law, emphasizing preventing and responding to workplace harassment and discrimination. She is also a retired Administrative Law Judge. An expert in investigations of workplace discrimination, harassment and misconduct, Amy is the co-author of Investigating Workplace Harassment, How to be Fair, Thorough and Legal, published in 2003 by Society of Human Resource Practice (SHRM).
Amy is the founder and past-president of the board of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) and is on the executive committee of the Labor and Employment Section of the State Bar of California. She has qualified as an expert witness, in state and federal court, on preventing and responding to workplace harassment and on workplace investigations and has trained employers throughout the country in preventing and investigating workplace harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

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