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Don’t punish staff who participate in workplace investigations

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in Employment Law,Firing,HR Management,Human Resources

A recent case reminds employers that it's illegal to retaliate against workers who participate in any type of workplace investigation. The case: During an internal investigation, Donny Abbot told his bosses that he'd witnessed racial harassment and offered to testify to that fact. Soon after, the company fired Abbot for insubordination. He sued, claiming his firing was truly in retaliation for supporting his co-worker's charge. An appeals court agreed. (Abbott v. Crown Motor Co., No. 02-3365, 6th Cir., 2003)

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