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Warn supervisors: Never delete texts and emails related to employee’s complaint

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Be sure to warn supervisors and managers that if an employee has filed an EEOC or internal complaint or a state or federal lawsuit, deleting texts or emails related even tangentially to the underlying complaint can be risky.

It’s best to err on the side of caution. Let your attorney sort out whether the information in the documents is relevant and should be preserved.

Recent case: Timothy, who worked for Continental Carbonic Products, is white. His wife is black, and they have biracial children.

The company hired a man named Travis as a full-time driver. When Travis learned about Timothy’s family, he began making offensive and derogatory comments. He also made racist jokes and showed Timothy racist cartoons and memes.

Then Travis was promoted and became Timothy’s immediate supervisor. The racist jokes and comments continued.

Timothy finally had had enough and got into a verbal altercation with Travis. Then Timot...(register to read more)

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