Oppenheimer Investigations Group (OIG) congratulates attorneys Rachel Reddick and Erik Roper on achieving the Association of Workplace Investigators (AWI) Certificate Holder designation. The AWI-CH distinction reflects a demonstrated success at achieving the stated learning outcomes of the training program, which include categories around planning, law, evidence, credibility, bias and ethics, as well as specific skills related to conducting investigations, interviewing, analysis and report writing.
“Rachel and Erik are both talented professionals who help push our firm and our field forward,” said Vida Thomas, the firm’s managing partner. “Attaining the certificate involves a significant time commitment and rigorous assessment process, and it also demonstrates a deep dedication to conducting investigations at the highest standards. Successfully completing this program enhances the services OIG provides to clients, while also reinforcing our position as a leader in our field. OIG applauds Rachel and Erik on this well-earned accomplishment.”
AWI is an international professional membership association for attorneys, human resource professionals, private investigators and others who conduct, manage, or have a professional interest in workplace investigations. The mission of the organization is to promote and enhance the quality of impartial workplace investigations.
Rachel specializes in creating healthy workplace and school environments by delivering thorough and impartial investigations and by providing trainings, climate surveys and assessments on employment-related issues, such as harassment prevention and labor laws compliance. Her extensive background involves practice before military commissions in Guantanamo Bay Cuba, overseeing investigations on one of the largest criminal cases in United States history, service in the U.S. Congress as a Defense Fellow and working for a congressperson sitting on the Oversight and Investigations subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee, where she assisted in several high-profile congressional investigations.
Erik focuses on conducting fair, thorough, and impartial workplace investigations to support organizations’ ability to maintain healthy, productive work environments and avoid lawsuit disruptions. His legal expertise includes handling a wide variety of employment law matters, primarily those involving claims of discrimination against protected classes, whistleblower retaliation, wrongful termination and defamation. Erik has counseled and represented plaintiffs in employment lawsuits, and he also spent time enforcing the federal Clean Water Act as an environmental attorney.