Editor: Peter A. Jones

Does an employee have a right to representation in an investigatory interview?

Reggie Walton, HR manager for Holly Burton Supplies, was just returning from lunch when he received a call from Patrick Fitzgerald, the company's executive VP. Fitzgerald told him that one of the more contentious employees, George, had gotten into a fight with another employee, Valerie. George heard a rumor there was some leftover yellow cake hidden in one of the conference rooms, but after he rallied some friends to help find it, he was embarrassed to find there was none. George's friend, Scooter, told him Valerie was to blame for the misinformation, and George proceeded to verbally attack her and threatened to reveal secrets about her to the rest of the workplace.

Valerie complained about George's behavior to Fitzgerald, who immediately commenced an investigation into the alleged misconduct. Fitzgerald called Scooter to his office to find out what he knew about the situation, but Scooter refused to talk, claiming he had a right to be accompanied by his good friend and coworker, Dick. Does Scooter have a right to be accompanied by his coworker during the interview? Read More...