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Little slights, actions add up to retaliation

When an employee complains that a supervisor is behaving in a discriminatory way, employers must ensure there is no retaliation. Even small things can lead to a big problem.

DOL sues firm, 3 bosses for harassing whistleblowers

The U.S. Department of Labor has filed a lawsuit against a Georgia foam manufacturer and three of its managers for suspending and terminating employees who reported workplace hazards in violation of the Occupational Safety and Health Act.

Warn bosses: No retaliation against whistleblowers who report wrongdoing

Remind supervisors that retaliating against workers who report alleged criminal or other illegal activity may violate the California Labor Code.

Whistleblower? Not without whistleblowing

Energy workers are protected from retaliation for reporting safety problems if their workplace is covered by the federal Energy Reorganization Act.

Sometimes, employee gets 2 shots at lawsuit

An employee who had a state interference-with-contract claim dismissed—the court said he had been legitimately fired for insubordination—can still file a federal whistleblower retaliation lawsuit based on the same facts.

EEOC issues fresh guidance on anti-retaliation compliance

The EEOC has updated its enforcement guidance on retaliation for the first time since 1998.

Poor review isn’t infliction of emotional distress

Sometimes, unhappy employees quit and sue, making claims that may never stick but that still have to be defended. A favorite tactic is to sue supervisors, claiming they intentionally inflicted emotional distress.

Not all government employees’ free speech is protected

Public employees have limited First Amendment rights to speak out on matters of public importance. But when that speech is actually part of the employee’s job, it’s not considered “speaking out” in the Constitutional sense. It doesn’t come with job protection.

Discrimination claims rise in 2015, disability cases see biggest jump

The EEOC handled 89,385 charges of workplace discrimination in fiscal year 2015.

6-year deadline to file whistleblower suit

The Minnesota Supreme Court has ruled that a whistleblower who reports alleged violations of the law has a full six years to file a lawsuit. The more common two-year limitation does not apply.