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.