HR Investigator

Website Lids

About Our Company

Lids Sports Group is the largest licensed sports retailer in North America, selling fan and fashion-oriented headwear and apparel across the US, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. Operating out of Indianapolis, IN, our retail stores offer officially licensed headwear and apparel from collegiate and professional sports teams, plus top brands like Nike, New Era, Adidas, and Mitchell & Ness.

We currently operate 1,200+ locations domestically and 50+ internationally, including specialty concept stores for the NBA, NHL, Paris Saint-Germain, and numerous MLB teams. In recent years, Lids has built partnerships with iconic global brands including Marvel, Playboy, and the Harlem Globetrotters, and gained ambassadors like Justin Jefferson, Quavo, and Josephine Skriver – creating a community for both sports fans and fashion lovers.

The company is currently expanding with the goal of becoming the largest licensed brick-and-mortar sports retailer across the globe.

General Position Summary

An HR Investigator plays a vital role within the Lids Human Resources Department and is responsible for efficiently and impartially investigating complaints of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, violation of company policies, and other work-related issues. We seek a skilled HR Investigator with a strong background in employment law to join our team and ensure compliance with all relevant regulations and company policies.  This position has no direct supervisory responsibilities but does serve as a coach and mentor for other positions in the department.

This position works fully in-person at the Lids corporate office in NW Indianapolis.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provides support and guidance to the Employee Relations Specialists when complex employee relations issues arise, including discrimination complaints, harassment allegations, retaliation based on protected status or activity, and workplace investigations.
  • Maintains in-depth knowledge of legal requirements with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations; recommends best practices and reviews policies to maintain compliance.  Partners with external counsel as needed/required.
  • Provide guidance on handling employee grievances and disputes.
  • Identify legal risks related to employment practices, policies, and procedures. Provide proactive advice and solutions to mitigate risks and minimize potential liability.
  • Provide litigation support by liaising between the organization and external legal counsel in employment-related litigation matters. Support investigations and discovery. Uphold ethical standards and confidentiality in handling sensitive HR and legal matters. Ensure fair and equitable treatment of employees while protecting the organization’s interests.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Job Required Knowledge & Skills

  • A bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Human Resources, Legal Studies, or a related field.
  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in employment law and internal investigations, preferably in a Corporate and Retail setting.
  • Knowledge of multiple federal and state-respective employment laws.  Experience in California law is a plus.
  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to maintain confidentiality and professionalism.

Preferred Job Required Knowledge & Skills

  • Experience in California law.
  • Professional certifications such as SHRM-CP, SHRM-SCP, or PHR/SPHR are preferred.

Reports To

HR Director

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EEO Statement:
Hat World, Inc., Lids Holdings, Inc., dba Lids and subsidiaries is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local EEO laws. Hat World, Inc., prohibits discrimination against employees and applicants for employment based on the individual’s race or color, religion or creed, national origin, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, sex, pregnancy status, age, military status, disability, or any other protected characteristic or class protected by law. Hat World, Inc. provides reasonable accommodation for disabilities in accordance with applicable laws.

Notice to Applicants:
In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information. We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or future contract positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies.

Need accessibility assistance to apply?
Applicants who require accessibility assistance to submit an employment application, please email us at onboardingsupport@lids.com. A member of our Talent team will respond as soon as reasonably possible. This email address and is only for individuals seeking accommodation when applying for a career at Lids.

Req ID: 17972

Location: Corporate Office

To apply for this job please visit careers.lids.com.