Our Mission. The mission of the Association of Workplace Investigators is to promote and support workplace investigations as a distinct area of expertise and to enhance the quality of workplace investigations.
Who We Are. AWI encompasses all workplace investigations, whether performed internally or externally, addressing matters such as workplace misconduct (for example, violations of employer policies, ethical violations, fraud, discrimination, harassment, retaliation and violence), job performance, workplace safety, audits, job function analyses, and whistleblowing allegations.
What We Do. AWI accomplishes this mission by providing training and continuing education, publishing articles of common interest, creating opportunities for networking and discussion of common concerns, identifying guiding principles and ethical standards, and making available other services of value to workplace investigators.
Michelle Regalia McGrath
Michelle Regalia McGrath is a California attorney who devotes her practice to conducting workplace investigations and workplace training. Ms. McGrath investigates allegations of misconduct, including but not limited to, harassment and discrimination on any basis, as well as retaliation. Ms. McGrath offers workplace training on a wide variety of employment law-related topics such as sexual harassment prevention, disability accommodation and workplace investigations. Ms. McGrath provides training to the federal sector as a trainer with the Federal Employment Training Group (FELTG). Prior to starting McGrath Investigations, Ms. McGrath worked as a litigator and employment law advisor for twelve years. For the last seven years of her litigation practice, Ms. McGrath was an employment lawyer for the United States Postal Service. Before that, Ms. McGrath was in private law firm practice with an employment law emphasis. Ms. McGrath is also a trained mediator and spent two years conducting mediations on a pro bono basis for the San Francisco District Office at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. McGrath earned a workplace investigator certificate through the AWI National Training Institute in 2013. She currently serves on the AWI Member Benefits Committee. Ms. McGrath is a member of her local bar associations in San Francisco, Contra Costa and Alameda counties. She is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston College and a graduate of Santa Clara University of Law, where she earned her law degree in 1998.
Who Can Join AWI?
An individual of sound mind who is dedicated to promoting and enhancing workplace investigations may apply to become a member of AWI. There are two categories of membership, regular and associate.
Regular Member. There are three subcategories of regular membership:
1) Attorney. An active member of the State Bar of California
2) Private Investigator. A Private Investigator licensed by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services of the California Department of Consumer Affairs; or
3) In-House. Employed exclusively and regularly by a specified employer and performs investigations as defined in Section 7521 of the California Business and Professions Code in, and only in, the course and scope of that employment, in connection with the affairs of that employer only, and is exempted from licensure as a Private Investigator by Section 7522(a) of the California Business and Professions Code.
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Associate Member. An individual who is not qualified for any of the three subcategories of regular membership may apply to join AWI as an associate member. The rights and duties of associate members are the same as regular members except that no more than two associate members may serve on the Board of Directors.