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Attention Employers: “Retaliation” is the New “Discrimination”

According to an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is seeing a surge of complaints based on retaliation – i.e., allegations that an employer retaliated against an employee who sought to protect his or her rights by complaining to the EEOC.

The article reports that eliminating retaliation is the EEOC’s top priority, because its enforcement of anti-discrimination laws will be successful only to the extent that employees free to file complaints.

So whether you are a large or small employer, here is the bottom line:

  • Do not discriminate against any employee based on age, race, sex, religion, etc.
  • If an employee files a discrimination complaint, do not retaliate against that employee.

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