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NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Learn From the Rice Incident

Authored by Sara J. Ackermann
Sara J. Ackermann
Attorney
Wausau Office

Posted on September 11, 2014
Filed under Employment

If you are one of the 150 million Americans that tunes in to weekly NFL games, you know that the NFL is now under fire for how it handled the original investigation into the Ray Rice domestic violence allegations. Regardless of whether you follow football, you should check out my recent article, "NFL on the Defensive: What Your Organization Can Learn From the Rice Incident" for insight on how critical it is for an organization to conduct a thorough investigation when addressing allegations of internal misconduct whether it be theft, harassment, or some other transgression. If the misconduct later leads to litigation, investigation by a government agency, or is leaked to the media, your investigation will be scrutinized. You need to be prepared to justify not only the investigation, but also every decision made based on that investigation. The scrutiny won't be fun. If you don't believe me, just ask Roger Goodell.