Cathleen Watkins has worked as a legal investigator for nearly 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.
Under Title IX, Cathleen has investigated numerous student complaints of sexual assault on college campuses and dealt with issues of incapacitation, privacy, trauma, and domestic partner violence. Following such investigations, Cathleen has attended hearings on these matters in the role of the investigator and provided additional information for adjudicators, faculty panels, and Title IX officers.
As a senior investigator, 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 has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California. She is licensed as a private investigator in California.