Want to know why retaliation claims turn out so well, so often, for angry employees? Look no further than basic human psychology, says attorney Deborah S. Adams of Frost Brown Todd LLC: "Juries 'get' retaliation claims." Most of us have never actually felt the full emotional brunt of an overt act of racial, sexual or age discrimination at work. But we can all quickly identify with the feeling of being persecuted for something we've said or done. That's almost universal.
"The very nature of the word 'retaliation' suggests punishment," Adams explains. And the feeling of being punished as an adult, suffering payback, is a guaranteed trigger for anger—even the secondhand anger of empathetic jurors.
No wonder plantiffs' lawyers love these cases.
40,000 retaliation charges were filed with the EEOC in 2015—nearly 45% of the total, once again an increase from the previous year. Adams offers these tips on how an organization can thwa...(register to read more)