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In the discrimination game, timing is everything

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Judges and juries bring a mental stopwatch to every discrimination and retaliation case. They use it to compare the time between when employees exercise their legal rights (using FMLA, voice harassment complaint, etc.) and when you took action against them. Tick, tick, tick … if you can hear it, don’t do it!

Case in Point: William and Debra Trujillo worked at a power plant in Wyoming. Their son, Charlie, had brain cancer, which required expensive medical treatment. The power plant provided a self-insured health plan, meaning the company paid the bills directly. Each year, the company discussed the past year’s health claims and the possibility of raising employees’ premiums to cover the costs.

Eleven days after Charlie Trujillo started his “high-dollar” medical treatments out of state, the company began an investigation against his father for timesheet fraud. Mr. Trujillo stated that he was su...(register to read more)

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