The recent termination of a sports coach at Western University underscores the importance of robust workplace investigations with misconduct claims.
In September 2023, TSN reported on allegations that the university women’s hockey coach pressured players to play through injuries and failed to address complaints about the strength and conditioning coach, including comments about players’ bodies.
Western University hired an independent workplace investigator who interviewed 38 individuals and determined that some of the allegations were substantiated.
This case speaks to the critical role of comprehensive workplace investigations in ensuring a safe working environment. Employers must prioritize fair and transparent investigations, providing a platform for employees to voice concerns without fear of reprisal. A solid investigative process not only protects employees but also safeguards the reputation of the organization.