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Retaliation

If you ignore whistleblowers, prepare to pay

12/08/2016
Two employers have recently learned this lesson the hard way.

Reporting racial slurs is protected activity

12/06/2016
A worker reporting that a supervisor used a racially charged slur is protected from retaliation.

Treat cases independently when employee being disciplined files complaint of her own

11/29/2016
Sometimes, an employee facing discipline will fight back with allegations of her own. Handle those allegations separately from any pending disciplinary action, and be sure to carefully document each step of both processes.

Win one part of a case, lose on retaliation

11/14/2016
In a complex case, don’t assume that because one part of the claim is clearly meritless, the whole case will go away.

She said, he said, she said: Counterclaim isn’t retaliation

11/08/2016
A federal court has refused to entertain overturning a 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that says filing a counterclaim to a lawsuit or even a separate lawsuit against an employee isn’t the basis for a retaliation claim.

Employee’s poor performance trumps his retaliation claim

11/08/2016
An employee who alleges he suffered retaliation for engaging in protected activity can still lose the case even if he proves the retaliation would have dissuaded a reasonable employee from complaining in the first place.

Getting the cold shoulder after reporting discrimination doesn’t add up to retaliation

11/08/2016
Slights and on-the-job isolation are not enough for an employee to make out a case for retaliation for reporting discrimination or participating in litigation against one’s employer.

Drug testing still legal under new OSHA reporting rule

11/01/2016
A controversial new OSHA rule cracking down on retaliation against safety whistleblowers doesn’t ban employee drug testing.

Prepare to prove firing wasn’t retaliation

10/12/2016
If an employee complained about a supervisor’s actions, make sure the supervisor can’t manipulate the disciplinary process to punish the worker.

EEOC doesn’t dig NYC excavation firm’s harassment

10/12/2016
The EEOC has sued the Laquila Group alleging it tolerated racial harassment of black employees and retaliated against at least one who complained.