Here’s something to warn supervisors about after an employee has filed a discrimination or harassment complaint: Even if the initial complaint proves unfounded or too minor to be illegal, any punishment the complaining employee experiences later may amount to retaliation. It doesn’t matter whether the punishment is related to her original complaint.
Retaliation is anything negative that would dissuade a reasonable employee from complaining in the first place. It can be anything from an inconvenient shift schedule to a negativeto a campaign to make life miserable for the employee.
Recent case: Lori filed an internal sexual harassment complaint alleging that her supervisor had referred to his sister-in-law as a “whore” and that Lori “had been with a lot of men.” Lori concluded that the two statements added up to her supervisor calling Lori a whore, too.
HR took her complaint and spoke with the supervisor,...(register to read more)