Former employees are often important sources of information in litigation, particularly in personal injury, class action, and product liability litigation. They can be eager to help, possibly disgruntled, but always presenting information that is more compelling than documents or affidavits. Even if information is already available in documentation, a former employee can expand, clarify, or connect different sources.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4.25 million people quit their jobs in January 2022, up from 3.3 million in January 2021. The U.S. workforce is becoming more mobile, and gone for most employees is the old idea of staying and growing with a company for a lifetime. Moving around and changing jobs is just part of modern work life, and locating these vagabond workers is often involved in litigation.
Identifying Which Former Employees to Seek Out
Kimmons Investigative Services clients often know precisely the former employees they wish to locate. There can be situations when past location and interview services of former employees can help to target those to contact for current litigation. There can be situations where one former employee on a location list provides information that yields another employee with information of value.
The Location and Interview Process
KIS can help to locate former employees selected based on many factors, including whether the former employee was peripherally or directly involved, or was just a possible source of related information about the action. Using various open and proprietary databases and a multi-step investigative process, our investigators can locate the former employee and at a minimum provide contact information, job descripion, and years employed.
If an interview with the former employee is requested, in consultation with our client, either a casual visit or a more formal appointment and interview process with a witness are available. Attorneys typically provide our investigators with a list of questions to ask former employees, pertinent to their ongoing litigation. Attorneys typically provide our investigators with a list of questions to ask former employees, pertinent to their ongoing litigation.
There is a flat fee of $150 per employee with a 3 employee minimum. If needed, KIS can also follow up and contact and interview these former employees for our clients. This follow up investigation is billed at our hourly rate. Attorneys typically provide our investigators with a list of questions to ask former employees, pertinent to their ongoing litigation.