Alfredo Aviles refused to leave his work site after being suspended. He had to be escorted out by police. When Aviles was later spotted in a car near the entrance, a worker called police. In the altercation with police that followed, Aviles' arm was injured. He claimed the police report was retaliation for filing a claim with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, but the court dismissed his retaliation suit. (Aviles v. Cornell Forge Co., No. 99-4003, 7th Cir., 2001) Note: This employer had justification for calling the police. But filing a false police report about a worker would be considered retaliation, the court said.
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