After a workplace investigation, check with all parties involved (including witnesses) to make sure they haven't been retaliated against. The case: During an investigation into misconduct, employee Donny Abbott told supervisors he witnessed racial harassment at the auto dealership. Soon after, the company fired Abbott for insubordination. He sued, claiming retaliation for speaking out, and won. Court's reason: The anti-retaliation provision in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects employees who participate in EEOC investigations. (Abbott v. Crown Motor Co., No. 02-3365, 6th Cir., 2003)
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