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How to Avoid Claims of Retaliation in Your Workplace

Benjamin L. Webster has extensive experience handling trials, binding arbitrations, and mediations in a variety of complex disputes. He has defended countless lawsuits in state and federal courts involving allegations such as: Discrimination based on race, sex, age, religion, sexual orientation, disability and immigration status Sexual harassment Retaliation Invasion of privacy Defamation Breach of contract Misappropriation of proprietary information Unfair competition and other business torts Additionally, Ben has prosecuted and defended numerous trade secret cases, winning and defeating requ........

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Overview

While claims of employment discrimination and harassment continue to grab the headlines, it is important to remember that the number of EEOC charges alleging workplace retaliation exceeds all other complaints. Last year, more than 45% of all cases filed with the agency included a claim for retaliation, and employers who may be able to successfully defend claims of discrimination or harassment may find it more difficult to defeat related claims for retaliation. Similarly, policies and procedures designed to prevent discrimination and harassment can only be effective if they also contain strong anti-retaliation provisions which are clearly and effectively communicated to all employees. This program will explore the legal and factual underpinnings of workplace retaliation, including examples of statutes and cases prohibiting such conduct: discuss some examples of how a cause of action for retaliation can become the "tail that wags the dog" in employment litigation; and review some practical guidelines and tips for avoiding and minimizing retaliation in your workplace.

Why should you attend?

All employees and especially decision-makers need to be aware of the risks of retaliation claims and understand how to avoid engaging in conduct that may trigger such claims.

Areas Covered in the Session:

  • What is retaliation?
  • How it is related to and different from claims for discrimination and harassment.
  • Examples of situations where retaliation claims may arise. 
  • The importance of establishing and enforcing an anti-retaliation policy at work.
  • Recommendations for avoiding claims of retaliation against your company or you.

Who can Benefit:

HR professionals, in-house counsel, managers, and supervisors who make employment decisions affecting the company.

Webinar Id: ISRBLW001

Duration: 60 mins

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