Employees who complain about alleged discrimination are protected from retaliation. But that doesn’t mean it’s protected activity every time someone calls HR to discuss what they think might be discrimination.
In order to be protected against retaliation, the employee has to make clear that he opposed an “unlawful employment practice.”
If the caller just generally complains his boss is harassing or discriminating against him—and doesn’t provide enough specifics to make HR think a Title VII or Ohio Revised Code right may be involved—then the call probably isn’t protected.
Of course, the caller may claim that he was very specific. That’s why it’s so important for HR to keep good records. That way, you’ll be able to show what really happened if you ever have to respond to a lawsuit.
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