Harassment Complainers: Are They ‘The Untouchables’?

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Question: Doesn’t it seem like once an employee complains about harassment or discrimination they enter some kind of “employee protection program,” much like the witness protection program? They become practically untouchable because employers are so afraid of being hit with retaliation lawsuits. You may have legitimate business reasons—such a restructuring—to eliminate a complainer’s job, just first sit back and think how it will look to a jury ...

Case in Point: Jessica Magyar, a 22-year-old college student, worked quarter-time as a scheduler for an Indiana hospital. She was job sharing a part-time position with another worker. Jessica received no benefits, had no steady hours and worked on call.

On several occasions, a 52-year old male co-worker sat down in her lap and whispered offensive words in her ear. Magyar complained to her immediate supervisor but refused to file a formal complaint....(register to read more)

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