After a workplace investigation, check with all parties involved (including witnesses) to make sure they haven't been retaliated against. While it's illegal to retaliate against employees for filing a lawsuit, you also can't retaliate against witnesses. The case: During an auto dealer's investigation, employee Donny Abbott said he witnessed racial harassment. Soon after, the company fired Abbott for insubordination. He sued, claiming retaliation for speaking out. A federal appeals court sided with Abbott. Court's reason: Title VII's anti-retaliation provision protects employees who participate in EEOC internal investigation charges. (Abbott v. Crown Motor Co., No. 02-3365, 6th Cir., 2003
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