Employers, beware! Retaliation against a third party who is associated with an employee who engaged in protected activity now can be the basis of a lawsuit in Ohio.
Recently, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, the federal appellate court whose jurisdiction includes the entire state of Ohio, held that the section of Title VII that prohibits retaliation against an employee who has engaged in “protected activity” also prohibits an employer from taking retaliatory action against employees who are closely related to, or associated with, the individual who engaged in the protected activity.
Love blooms, a job is lost
Eric Thompson worked as a metallurgical engineer for North American Stainless from February 1997 through March 2003. Thompson met Mariam Regalado when she was hired by the company in 2000, and the couple began dating shortly thereafter.
In September 2002, Regalado filed a charge with the EEOC, alleging th...(register to read more)
- Document poor attitude, just in case of lawsuit
- Protect against retaliation suits by conducting independent and 'blind' internal investigations
- Establish clear discipline policies--and follow them for every employee, every time
- 'Blacklisting' for prior EEOC complaints may be retaliation
- Can we limit employee freelancing?