Question: What’s the hottest employee lawsuit these days? Yes, overtime and harassment are big deals, but a less headline-grabbing risk—retaliation—may be an even bigger danger. And a new court ruling shows that employees who reach out to the police to report inter-office harassment can also earn legal protection from being fired or any other form of retaliation.
Here’s why: To win retaliation claims in court, employees must prove they suffered some sort of “materially adverse action” (such as termination or demotion) based on their protected activity. In most cases, that “protected activity” involves filing a harassment or discrimination complaint with HR or the EEOC.
But as the following case shows, employees who feel threatened at work and reach out to police can also be considered to engage in “protected activity”—and, thus, you can’t fire them for making that call, no matter how disruptive...(register to read more)