Take Care to Avoid Costly Retaliation Claims
If an employee complains about discrimination or harassment, you need to treat that worker with care. Otherwise, you run the risk of a retaliation claim. To establish a retaliation claim, employees need to show only that they complained of discrimination or harassment and you tool some adverse personnel action as a result. So what precautionary steps can employers take to prevent a retaliation claim?
- Management training should always include anti-retaliation training.
- The human-resources department should review discipline before it is administered.
- Keep any protected complaints you receive confidential.
This article appeared in the May 30, 2008 issue of the Charlotte Business Journal.