Workplace Retaliation in 2024
According to EEOC statistics, the frequency with which employees allege claims of retaliation has increased dramatically over the past decade. In 2008, approximately 34 percent of all complaints filed with the EEOC included an allegation of retaliation. By 2020, that number increased to more than 55 percent. This dramatic increase means workplace retaliation claims have become one of the most frequently filed claims in employment-related lawsuits.
In most cases, claims of employer retaliation begin with a complaint of a different sort – a report of perceived workplace harassment or discrimination. The law prohibits taking any adverse action against an employee or applicant for engaging in this type of “protected activity,” even if it later turns out the original complaint was unfounded. In most cases, the action is considered retaliatory if the employee’s complaint was a motivating factor in the subsequent employment decision.
What We will Discuss
- What constitutes workplace retaliation?
- Federal laws with anti-retaliation provisions
- The role of the EEOC when investigating claims of retaliation in 2024
- Why employers should fear retaliation claims
- Identifying workplace retaliation
- Elements of a valid retaliation claim
- Concepts of “protected activity”, “adverse action”, and “causation”
- Steps employers can take to minimize retaliation claims and litigation
- Investigating retaliation complaints
- Situations where it’s time to bring in legal counsel
- Appointing the right investigator
- Preparing and conducting investigative interviews
- Importance of having solid documentation
- Advice for employees when filing an EEOC claim
Why You Should Attend
The manner in which an employer handles the employee’s reported concerns – and thereafter addresses other matters related to the complaining employee – often determines whether the employee will later claim he or she was retaliated against for having made the report. So, how can employers protect against allegations of retaliation by employees who initiate or participate in complaints of harassment or discrimination? Join us to learn the information you need to assist your organization in preventing and mitigating risks of retaliation in 2024.
Who Will Benefit
- Senior Leadership
- Human Resources Directors
- HR Managers
- HR Representatives
- Operations Professionals
- Compliance Professionals
- Recruiting Professionals
Diane L. Dee, President of Advantage HR Consulting, LLC, has over 25 years of experience in the Human Resources arena. Diane’s background includes experience in Human Resources consulting and administration in corporate, government, consulting, and pro bono environments. Diane founded Advantage HR Consulting, LLC, in early 2016. Under Diane’s leadership, Advantage HR provides comprehensive, cost-effective Human Resources solutions for small to mid-sized firms in the greater Chicagoland area. Additionally, Diane conducts webinars on various HR topics for various compliance training firms across the country.
Diane holds a Master Certificate in Human Resources from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations and has attained SPHR, SHRM-SCP, sHRBP, and HRPM® certification.
Diane is a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners and the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, Diane performs pro bono work through the Taproot Foundation, assisting non-profit clients by integrating their Human Resources goals with their corporate strategies.
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