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Better treatment after claim? That’s hardly punishment

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in Discrimination and Harassment,Human Resources

Employees who complain about har­­assment are protected from retaliation. It follows that if the employee is promoted and gets a raise, he can’t argue that he was punished.

One employee’s case before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals failed because his employer treated him well after he complained.

Recent case: Wallace Brown sued his state agency employer for retaliation following an EEOC harassment complaint. The agency showed that shortly after he complained about the incident, he was actually temporarily promoted and got a raise. That was hardly punishment. The case was dis­­missed. (Brown v. Department of Pub­­lic Safety, No, 09-17234, 9th Cir., 2011)

Final note: Thinking of transferring an employee after a racial incident? Make sure the job is equal to or better than his previous assignment. Other­wise, he may argue your remedy was also retaliation.

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