On January 26, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled that Title VII's anti-retaliation provision protects employees who speak out about discrimination while cooperating with their employer's internal investigation.
The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals had dismissed an employee's retaliation claim because she had not reported the discrimination on her own initiative or filed a formal charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The Supreme Court disagreed with the 6th Circuit, holding that one can oppose discrimination by responding to someone else's questions. "Nothing in the statute requires a freakish rule protecting an employee who reports discrimination on her own initiative, but not one who reports the same discrimination in the same words when asked a question," said the High Court.
Background: A Tennessee school district launched an investigation of rumors of sexual harassment by the ...(register to read more)