TL;DR - coworker filed EEOC complaint against employer, HR equity officer/lawyer type wants to interview me, what are my legal obligations and legal rights?
The long(er) version -
Three of us that have been doing the same jobs together (education, administrative support/contact center/whatever needs doing mish-mash) for 12-20 years were reclassified as non-exempt from overtime, which prevented two of us from working our part time jobs teaching classes at night as adjuncts. This dropped my pay by $8k/year and my coworkers by $12k (she teaches summer, I take off to be with my kids)
The provost changed my job title, pay grade, and description so that I could remain exempt and continue to teach. He did not do the same for my coworker.
My coworker has filed an EEOC complaint, claiming discrimination. While some of her complaint seems to be "well, as long as I'm at it" type stuff, I do understand her perspective and fully support her.
But now, the HR equity officer/lawyer person wants to interview me regarding this complaint. I'm in no mood to do the college any favors (my teaching became part of my full time job description, so I'm doing the extra work but not making the extra $), so I am wondering:
1 - What are my legal obligations? The email from the equity/lawyer person in HR to me said "if possible I'd like to interview you regarding this matter". Our HR website and documentation that I have access to are woefully disorganized but a few hours spent looking hasn't found anything regarding me being obligated under my work contract to provide information.
2 - What are my legal rights? Can/should I record the meeting? Can/should I have either an advocate or a known-to-me neutral 3rd party present?
Note that the complaint is not focused on me - I'm just Evidence Item #1. I do support my coworker's complaint, and if the EEOC itself was asking for info I wouldn't even bother to post this.