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Fire complainers within hours? That’s retaliation

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in Employment Law,Human Resources

Timing is everything when it comes to retaliation—especially when a supervisor punishes an employee on the same day he complains.

Consider this case: Two male shipyard workers provided written statements concerning a female supervisor whom they alleged had been kneeing her male subordinates in the groin. Later that day, both men were removed from their positions aboard a docked ship.

Huntington Ingalls, Inc., the present owner of the shipyard in Newport News, Va., and its contractor, Quality Coatings  of Virginia, Inc., of Chesapeake, Va., will pay $80,000 to settle a lawsuit for retaliation filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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