Become a Human Lie Detector: Tactics for Assessing Employee Truthfulness

Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30 PM

Session Description

HR professionals frequently assess truthfulness in the workplace. Making accurate and timely credibility determinations is an essential skill, but how can HR professionals be certain someone is being truthful? The task can be daunting. However, there are techniques that can make the job easier: proven tips and tricks borrowed from another profession – the professional intelligence officer. Throughout history, countries have relied on gathered intelligence to seek out the truth regarding their adversaries. While there are ethical, legal and practical considerations that prevent employers from developing their own “spy” networks in the workplace, there is no reason why they cannot borrow, and learn from, some of the other tools that are used to assess truthfulness. This presentation outlines tips and tactics that can help determine whether someone is lying or telling the truth in the employment context and beyond.



Jody Boquist

Jody Boquist is the Office Managing Shareholder of Littler’s Chicago office. She represents employers nationwide in federal and state courts, as well as administrative agencies such as the EEOC, the Department of Labor and the Illinois Department of Human Rights. Among her notable litigation successes, Jody has served as lead counsel in appeal proceedings before several U.S. Courts of Appeals which ruled in favor of the employer clients in those matters. Those appeals involved a variety of issues, including motions to compel mandatory arbitration, race discrimination, and age discrimination. Jody also counsels employers on a broad range of employment issues including, employment terminations, sexual harassment investigations, reductions-in-force, workplace violence, family and medical leaves, and personnel policies and procedures. Jody is one of the founding members of Littler’s Chicago office established in 1997. She currently serves on Littler’s Good Business Practices Committee and previously served as associate general counsel for the firm.

 Cate Lindemann

Cate Lindemann is an Associate in Littler’s Chicago office. She advises and represents employers in a broad range of employment law matters, with a focus on claims involving, wage and hour, discrimination, harassment and retaliation. Cate routinely represents employers in collective, class, and hybrid actions brought under the federal Fair Labor Standards Act and state wage and hour laws. She regularly handles administrative charges of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, as well as wage and hour audits by both state and federal agencies. She also has bench and jury trial experience and has conducted internal investigations. Cate received her law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School, and attended the London School of Economics where she received her M.Sc. Awarded with Merit. During law school, she served as an extern for Chief Justice Shirley Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and was an articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review.