Back in January I blogged about a Minnesota Vikings investigation into allegations made by former player Chris Kluwe that he was let go based on his pro-gay marriage stance (here). I commended the Vikings for responding swiftly to a blog post by starting an investigation. Apparently, the Vikings promised to release the report to Kluwe. They then decided not to release the report, and a settlement between Kluwe and the team has fallen apart.
What’s the lesson? Don’t make promises you might not be able or willing to keep. An investigator should never promise a complainant (or any other witness) that the report will be shared. Quite the opposite – investigation reports are often maintained confidentially.