Retaliation occurs when an
employer, employment agency, or labor organization takes an adverse action
against a covered individual because he or she engaged in a protected activity.
An adverse action is an action
taken to try to keep someone from opposing a discriminatory practice, or from
participating in an employment discrimination proceeding. Examples of adverse
actions include: demotion, discharge, refusal to hire, unjustified negative
evaluations, threats, unjustified negative references, increased surveillance,
Covered individuals are people
who have opposed unlawful practices, participating in proceedings, or requested
accommodations related to employment discrimination based on race, color, sex,
religion, national origin, age, or disability. Individuals who have a close
association with someone who has engaged in such protected activity are also
covered individuals. Individuals who have brought attention to violations of
law other than employment discrimination are NOT covered individuals for
purposes of anti-discrimination retaliation laws.
Protected activity includes:
opposition to a practice believed to be unlawful discrimination, and
participation in an employment discrimination proceeding.
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