Robin Oaks has conducted hundreds of independent workplace investigations in public, academic and private institutions throughout California. She has almost thirty years of experience as an attorney, and for over fifteen years has been practicing exclusively as an independent workplace investigator, conflict resolution consultant, and trainer for discrimination prevention and conducting investigations. She began her legal career as Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable John Garrett Penn, District Court, District of Columbia. Judge Penn adjudicated Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the landmark case where “sexual harassment hostile environment” was first recognized under Title VII. Thereafter, she worked for one of the largest law firms in Connecticut, where she gained experience in employment law, and handled state and federal cases involving complex and multiparty litigation. Upon moving to California she specialized in employment and education law issues, starting her own law firm, and representing clients in personnel matters and discrimination claims. Her particular expertise in effectively handling discrimination and employment matters led her into her current practice of conducting independent investigations and assisting employers and academic institutions in resolving workplace and personnel disputes. She has contributed to national publications on conducting defensible workplace investigations, sexual harassment law, and cross-cultural issues. She offers cost-effective investigations, with sensitivity for the unique considerations relating to workplace and school conflicts.
Ms. Oaks provides workplace investigation services for public agencies, academic institutions, and corporations, focusing on discrimination and workplace complaints. She has special expertise and years of experience handling and investigating sexual harassment and discrimination complaints arising in academic settings and government agencies. She brings her skills as a mediator, teacher, and cross-cultural trainer to her current attorney-investigator practice.
She was selected by the Society of Independent Workplace Investigators (SIWI) to be a core member, and is a Sustaining Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI). She is an active member of the State Bar of California and the American Bar Association. She has presented for a wide variety of school, legal, and business organizations state-wide. She offers negotiated hourly fee or package rates for independent investigation services, or consultant services, with no charge for travel to any Central and Southern California location.
Conflict Resolution Consultant and Trainer
Ms. Oaks has years of experience as a consultant crafting successful and effective resolutions of disputes through various options, including mediation, and other methods that meld investigation, mediation and change management practices. She provides customized training for individuals as part of a necessary response action implemented after a complaint has been investigated. She conducts group training for school administrators and company supervisors focusing on best practices for conducting investigations, and/or preventing sexual harassment. All trainees are provided written materials and a comprehensive manual (RESPECT Investigation Manual) that includes checklists and forms for conducting defensible investigations. California Government Code 12950.1 mandates that employers who do business in California and employ 50 or more employees provide two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to supervisors located in California at least once every two years.