Is retaliation such a big deal?

The Merriam-Webster definition of retaliation is either “repay an injury in kind” or “to return like for like, especially to get revenge.” It comes from the Latin word “retaliare” which meant to pay back in kind. Originally it was used in both a positive and negative way, but today it only has the negative meaning. …

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To Keep Your Managers from Retaliating They Need to Know What that Means

Evan Pontz, who writes for Troutman Sander’s HR Matters, wrote a great piece called How Not to Retaliate. He gives four very sound pieces of advice : Enforce a non-discrimination and non-retaliation policy Educate on what is “protected activity” and what are “adverse job actions.”  Investigate carefully and thoroughly. Act consistently and fairly, and document …

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Association Is Not A Protected Category or Is It?

  Most of us know that employees that for work private sector companies that employee 15 or more workers is covered by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its various amendments. This law defines various protected categories of workers, such as race, gender, religion and disability. But what about people who …

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