Prevent Retaliation in the Workplace

Key Points

  • Develop, implement and enforce an anti-retaliation policy prohibiting retaliation against employees who report instances of discrimination or harassment or engage in other protected conduct.
  • Include the anti-retaliation policy in the employee handbook and assure employees that all complaints will be kept confidential.
  • Provide training to all supervisors and employees on what constitutes protected activity (e.g., complaints of discrimination) and retaliatory conduct (e.g., failure to promote).
  • When an employee reports discriminatory, harassing or retaliatory conduct, explain that all complaints are taken seriously and will be investigated. Also, assure the employee that there is a zero tolerance policy for retaliation.

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