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Retaliation

A new protected class? Don’t have a cow! Yet

12/11/2018
A British employment tribunal is expected to hear a case brought by a man who alleges he was unlawfully sacked because he is a vegan.

Milton, Pa. truck wash accused of harassment, discrimination

12/06/2018
Eagle United Truck Wash, a national chain, faces charges it permitted severe harassment of a black employee at its Milton facility—and then retaliated against him after he complained.

Fired after using FMLA leave? Expect lawsuit

12/06/2018
Firing an employee while referencing use of FMLA leave may trigger a retaliation lawsuit.

Always record the date when you made a decision to fire

12/04/2018
Do you note the date and time of every termination decision? If not, you should.

Don’t assign disciplinary points for reporting injuries

11/19/2018
A federal court awarded a machine operator in Wisconsin $100,000 in back wages and compensatory damages after he was fired soon after reporting an on-the-job injury.

Contractors can sue for bystander retaliation

11/14/2018
If employees say something when they witness sexual harassment, a corporate culture that tolerates sexual harassment will begin to change. But what happens if an independent contractor or temporary worker reports witnessing sexual harassment? Is he or she protected from retaliation?

Document time of performance problems in case employee registers bogus complaints

11/06/2018
Employees who face discipline sometimes fight back with their own discrimination complaints. Terminating such an employee shortly afterward can look suspiciously like the complaint precipitated the discipline. The best way to prevent that impression is to carefully document the reasons for the disciplinary meeting in the first place.

Minor workplace changes aren’t enough to justify lawsuit alleging bias or retaliation

11/06/2018
Courts don’t want to micromanage your business. Make sure you can explain workplace changes in the context of legitimate business needs.

Treat persistent complainer just as you do others

10/29/2018
Don’t give special treatment to employees who have filed complaints. The rules everyone else must follow apply to them as well. They may complain more, but they won’t get far.

Employee who complains isn’t immune from discipline

10/25/2018
Employers can’t retaliate against employees who file discrimination or harassment complaints. But that doesn’t mean you can never discipline those employees.