Nikki’s practice primarily focuses on conducting workplace investigations. She also acts as an expert witness in evaluating workplace investigations, advises clients on personnel matters, and leads trainings on investigation best practices and state and federal anti-discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws.
Nikki has personally handled more than 150 workplace investigations, many involving allegations of misconduct against high ranking employees, elected officials, and all ranks of law enforcement and fire department personnel. Having conducted numerous investigations for public sector employers, Nikki is well versed in the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act and the Firefighters Procedural Bill of Rights, as well as the Weingarten rights afforded to public employees. She is co-author of the book, “Conducting Effective Personnel Investigations, A Manual for Public Sector Managers” (Public Law Group Press, 3rd edition 2013).
Nikki is regularly called upon to investigate high profile matters, such as complaints of harassment, retaliation and other misconduct alleged against elected officials and high-ranking employees, as well as charges of excessive use of force and other alleged misconduct by law enforcement and fire department personnel.
Nikki spent the first nine years of her legal career litigating employment discrimination, harassment and retaliation cases on behalf of employees. She spent the next ten years at a law firm representing public sector and non-profit employers. Nikki headed the firm’s investigations practice, regularly conducted training on anti-discrimination laws and provided advice to employers on a full range of personnel matters, with an emphasis on employer obligations under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Federal Civil Rights Act, the Family Medical Leave Act, California Family Rights Act and Americans with Disabilities Act.
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