Do I have any rights while being investigated by the state Inspector General?

UPDATED: Jun 26, 2012

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Do I have any rights while being investigated by the state Inspector General?

I am a child welfare supervisor, specifically protective services. About 3 weeks ago I was interviewed by an Inspector General investigator concerning a recent allegation against me that took place one and a half years ago. Due to the length of time between alleged incident and the incident being reported, I remembered very little about it. I did adamently denied the allegations. I’ve been out of work for 3 weeks waiting for the IG report.

Asked on June 26, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, Florida


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You have your 5th Amendment Right against self incrimination concerning the matter you are writing about. As to other rights and obligations that you may be entitled to you need to carefully read your employer employee hand book as to when you can expect a decision concerning your investigation while you are out of work.

If your employment is subject to a union, you should consult with your union's representative as to the protocol for you to return to work. The final option is for you to consult with an attorney that practices in the area of employment law to assist you.

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