A Massachusetts jury recently awarded a plaintiff more than $2 million in damages on malicious prosecution and defamation claims in a case that highlights the caution with which employers should engage the police in workplace investigations.
In Moran v. Khalil, et al., a longtime employee came to be suspected by her colleagues of having taken $18,000 in cash and checks that never made it into the company’s coffers.
The defendants — three company officials — argued that when they went to the local police department to report the findings of an internal investigation, they had both the right and a valid reason to do so. After making their initial report to the police, they left the police alone to draw their independent conclusions, they said.
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