Is your organization prepared for a retaliation complaint? Did you know a retaliation claim can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars? To make the determination you will want to consider the following…
Do your non-discrimination and anti-harassment policies cover retaliation and include a strong anti-retaliation statement?
Do you have a complaint process that employees are aware of, understand, and can follow easily?
Are supervisors trained on the policy and what steps they should take?
Do you have at least 2 designated individuals that employees may go to with their concern and a unbiased, designated individual to conduct investigations and provide training?
Do you consistently and fairly implement disciplinary action?
Do you keep documentation of all performance evaluations and disciplinary actions?
Do you keep records of all complaints and responses?
Do you discipline and retrain anyone in violation of your retaliation policy?
Do you have a reference policy and provide the same information in references for all former employee?
If you answered no to any of the questions above, you should take action as soon as possible to prevent a costly retaliation complaint.