The Fair Labor Standards Act () forbids employers from retaliating against workers because they’ve “filed any complaint” about their pay, perks or work conditions. On March 22, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that such complaints don’t need to be in writing to be considered “protected activity.” (Kasten v. Saint-Gobain)
Some lower courts had earlier ruled that the FLSA’s anti-retaliation provision doesn’t cover oral complaints.
Tip: Use this case to remind managers to avoid retaliation against workers.
- Don't be afraid to terminate if manager can't manage personal relationships
- Unlike employees, partners can't pursue bias claims under employment laws
- Workers' comp: OK to require immediate accident reports
- Employee miffed about your decision? That's no reason to tolerate insubordination
- Control employee cellphone use--an accident waiting to happen