If your organization doesn't currently make it clear that it prohibits supervisors from retaliating against employees who complain about discrimination, now's the time to hammer home that message.
Reason: Your organization's risk of facing a retaliation-based employment lawsuit just took a big leap forward with a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The decision establishes a broad national legal standard for Title VII retaliation claims that, essentially, makes it easier for employees to file and win such cases.
"The floodgates are really going to open on these cases," said Allison West of Employment Practices Specialists, LLC. "This creates a real vulnerability for employers."
Employers will now have a harder time convincing judges to dismiss retaliation claims at the summary judgment phase. That means more retaliation suits will go to trial, where the ruling is subject to the whims of a jury.
As a result, it's more im...(register to read more)
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