• LinkedIn
  • YouTube
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google+

Offhand gripe to co-worker can trigger retaliation protection

by on
in Employment Law,Human Resources,Leaders & Managers,Management Training

Make sure you train employees how to lodge work-related complaints with the company. The benefit: A clear complaint procedure provides a defense if employees lodge informal complaints outside of your process. As this case shows, an employee's casual complaint to a co-worker could be considered "protected activity" that serves as the basis for a retaliation lawsuit.

Recent case: Donna Hazen complained to her co-worker about gender bias in the company. Soon after the co-worker relayed Hazen's comment to management, Hazen was transferred to a new position. Hazen sued, claiming her transfer to a less-desirable job was in retaliation for her complaint. While a lower court sided with the company, a federal appeals court (in an unpublished decision), said that Hazen's conversation with a co-worker regarding unfair treatment was a protected activity for purposes of bringing a retaliation case. (Hazen v. Modern Food Services Inc., No. 03-4014, 3rd Cir., 2004)

Like what you've read? ...Republish it and share great business tips!

Attention: Readers, Publishers, Editors, Bloggers, Media, Webmasters and more...

We believe great content should be read and passed around. After all, knowledge IS power. And good business can become great with the right information at their fingertips. If you'd like to share any of the insightful articles on BusinessManagementDaily.com, you may republish or syndicate it without charge.

The only thing we ask is that you keep the article exactly as it was written and formatted. You also need to include an attribution statement and link to the article.

" This information is proudly provided by Business Management Daily.com: http://www.businessmanagementdaily.com/293/offhand-gripe-to-co-worker-can-trigger-retaliation-protection "

Leave a Comment