Can an employer refuse to hire a person because that person’s family member had at one time complained to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission? The EEOC doesn’t think so. It filed a lawsuit against an Albuquerque, N.M., Walmart, saying it refused to hire a woman’s adult son and daughter for entry-level positions because she had filed a sex discrimination charge against the retailer with the EEOC. Walmart will now pay $87,000 to settle the suit.
The EEOC says retaliation is a high priority. “We now receive more retaliation charges than any other kind of discrimination charges,” Derick Newton of the EEOC says. “Over 42% of our charges contain retaliation allegations.”