I went thru an EEO investigation today with a lawyer hired by my company. I brought a complaint against the company due to the actions of a co worker. The meeting went ok, but could have been better. I prepared emails, poilicies and notes for 4 hours the night before and was going to read from the notes that I prepared for the hearing, so I could go, for the most part, off a script so my testimony would be more accurate. The investigator, as I was going off my notes since I was going to read my opening statement off those, told me, basically, that "I strongly prefer that you go from memory and not read the notes, unless positively neccessary." He told me this again 15 minutes later, when I was trying to refresh my memory on a point. The meeting lasted 2.5 hours and I was only, in reality, able to use my notes only for the last 10 minutes the closing statements. There was a court reporter and I was sworn in by the court reporter. Here is my question, in a legal sense: Were my rights violated by the discouragement/intimidation against using my notes? I forgot, even though I got most of my points in, 3 things that I thought were helpful to my story, which I did write on my notes. One of the people involved, I think, is going to testify from home. How can the investigator tell her, "please don't use notes.", even if he did, how could he enforce it? Any feedback anyone, any lawyers or law students out there? We were not in a courtroom, just a meeting room with 3 people, counting me.