Kari Hanson - over 20 years of employment law experience

Kari Hanson - CEO/Founder

Kari Hanson

Founder/CEO

Kari is a licensed attorney and a licensed private investigator. She practiced employment law for more than 20 years, first as a plaintiff’s attorney and then for many years in the Labor and Personnel Division of the Washington Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Kari left the AGO in late 2019 to open Sound Workplace Investigations. Since that time, she has conducted investigations on issues including sexual harassment; race, gender, and ethnicity discrimination; and retaliation. She has also investigated whistleblower complaints and conducted workplace climate assessments. Kari’s investigation work has primarily been for public sector employers, including cities, counties, fire districts, state agencies, and community colleges.

As an Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Kari advised state agencies and institutions of higher education on a variety of employment and personnel matters, such as discipline, reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour laws, discrimination, sexual harassment, collective bargaining, labor law, and public disclosure. Kari also conducted trainings for clients, particularly on the employer obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act and on sexual harassment policies.

As an AAG, Kari reviewed and advised on dozens, if not hundreds, of workplace investigations conducted by internal and external investigators. She also trained clients on conducting investigations, with a focus on investigations into employee performance or alleged misconduct.

Beginning in 2017, Kari served as the lead for the AGO’s Sexual Harassment Response Team, a group of employees who conduct investigations into allegations of sexual harassment. In that capacity, she conducted investigations or assigned, reviewed, consulted on, and monitored investigations conducted by others. Kari also conducted investigations for the AGO, including workplace climate assessments and investigations into alleged gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

Education

Kari holds a B.A. in English and a Master of Arts in teaching from Duke University. In 1994, she received her J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, graduating magna cum laude. She served as an editor on the Seattle University Law Review.

She is admitted to practice in all Washington state and federal courts.

Professional Affiliations

Washington State Bar Association
Association of Workplace Investigators
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
Thurston County Bar Association

Paige Dietrich – extensive employment law and managerial experience

Paige Dietrich

Paige Dietrich

Licensed Attorney and Investigator

Paige is a licensed attorney and a licensed private investigator. She practiced employment and government law with the Attorney General’s Office (AGO) for over 27 years, in both attorney and management roles. Paige joined Sound Workplace Investigations in September 2022. Since then, she has conducted discrimination and sexual harassment investigations, whistleblower complaints, and workplace climate assessments for a wide range of public and private employers, including community colleges and four-year universities.

As an Assistant Attorney General (AAG), Paige advised state agencies and institutions of higher education on a variety of employment and personnel matters, such as discipline, reasonable accommodation, family and medical leave laws, wage and hour laws, discrimination, sexual harassment, and collective bargaining. Paige provided trainings to clients on managing staff, conducting personnel investigations, employer obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, sexual harassment complaints and policies, and personnel investigations.

An experienced manager, Paige has personally worked through interpersonal conflicts between employees, reviewed investigations for decisions on corrective actions and misconduct, and made appointment, separation, and termination decisions.

Paige’s leadership and management roles include serving as the Attorney General’s Division Chief of the Labor & Personnel Division, Division Chief of the Social and Health Services Division, and as a Deputy Attorney General. In those roles she has served as lead employment counsel to the Attorney General’s Office, the Governor’s Office, the State Labor Relations Office, and lead counsel to DSHS, the state’s largest social service agency. She also served on the Attorney General’s collective bargaining team and performance management committee.

Paige is a recipient of the Attorney General’s Steward of Justice Award, recognizing employees who further the cause of justice through exceptional legal work and extraordinary contributions to the people of Washington.

Education

Paige holds a B.A. in Communications/Advertising from the University of Washington, and 1994, she received her J.D. from University of Idaho College of Law. She served as Managing Editor of the Idaho Law Review.

Professional affiliations

Washington State Bar Association
Thurston County Bar Association
Association of Workplace Investigators
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)