How to Prevent Workplace Retaliation Claims – Matthew McNicholas Quoted in HR Magazine Article
When employees complain about discrimination or harassment, employers must protect them from being retaliated against for raising these issues. Otherwise, businesses may face legal liability even when the underlying claim isn’t proven. In the HR magazine article “How to Prevent Workplace Retaliation Claims,” Partner Matthew McNicholas discussed what steps employers should take to safeguard their employees from being retaliated against.
“HR professionals can never ensure that retaliation does not occur, but businesses and entities can take steps to reduce its likelihood,” said Matt. He noted that employers should take a look at their policies and incentive programs to ensure that they don’t unintentionally encourage retaliatory action.
“If a manager’s performance is measured by the sales numbers of his or her subordinates, that manager can suffer personal financial detriment when employees take leave. This creates an incentive to keep people from taking time off and might lead to retaliation or perceived retaliation when employees take job-protected leave.”