Cathleen Watkins is a Senior Investigator who has worked for the past 20 years as part of the investigative team at Public Interest Investigations, Inc. (PII), in Los Angeles. Her caseload has focused on conducting third-party investigations into workplace complaints of sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, and retaliation for a range of employers, including corporations, governmental entities, and educational institutions.
On college campuses, Cathleen has investigated complaints involving faculty and staff regarding allegations of sexual misconduct, racial discrimination, gender bias, and disability claims. Under Title IX, Cathleen has conducted investigations of numerous student complaints of sexual assault. Following such investigations, she has attended hearings on these matters and provided additional information to adjudicators, faculty panels, and Title IX officers.
Additionally, Cathleen has investigated cases involving misuse of public funds, whistler-blower allegations, environmental violations, and matters involving top-level management and boards of directors. Cathleen has trained and supervised staff investigators and managed several large-scale investigative projects, including PII’s work, as part of a federal court order, to monitor the treatment of disabled inmates in the Orange County jails. She has also managed an investigative team assigned to conduct investigations of complaints of workplace discrimination and retaliation brought by employees of the County of Los Angeles.
Together with Keith Rohman, Cathleen developed “The Truth Matters”® training, a seminar for in-house investigators. She has also designed and presented customized training for investigators and their managers on addressing allegations of sexual harassment, racial discrimination, gender bias, and other workplace issues. Cathleen is presently the Program Manager for T9 Mastered, working on the program’s curriculum, marketing, and business development.
Cathleen has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. She is licensed as a private investigator in California.