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.
Robin Oaks is an attorney who practices exclusively as an independent workplace investigator, trainer, and conflict resolution consultant. Ms. Oaks worked as an employment and education law attorney for twelve years. Since 1997 she has focused her practice on conducting investigations and resolving conflicts in both the public and private sectors. She began her legal career in 1985 as a judicial law clerk for Judge John Garrett Penn, District Court, District of Columbia, who was the trial judge for Meritor Savings Bank v. Vinson, the landmark case in which the Supreme Court first recognized a hostile environment claim under Title VII. A former public school teacher and law school instructor, Ms. Oaks has special expertise investigating sexual harassment and discrimination complaints arising in schools and public institutions. She has written extensively about investigations, including the chapter, “Cross Cultural Issues and Sexual Harassment,” in a national textbook published by Allyn & Bacon, and the section on conducting investigations in Educator’s Guide to Controlling Sexual Harassment, published by Thompson Publishing Group.
Why Join AWI?
The Association of Workplace Investigators, Inc. (AWI) is the only professional association for people who do workplace investigations. This includes professionals from many fields--attorneys, human resources, private investigators, auditors, security and loss prevention specialists, and threat assessors. AWI is the place to come together to network, establish best practices, and train and educate the public and each other about what we do.