The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission


Can I take action against an employee who has filed a charge?

No. The EEOC-enforced statutes contain strong protections against retaliation for having filed an EEOC charge, even if the charge is later dismissed by the EEOC or rejected by a court.

What should I do to prevent retaliation against and preserve relationships with current employee charging parties?

The charge should be treated confidentially. If the charging party is a current employee, make sure no employee retaliates against the person filing the charge. Make clear to employees who file charges that their relationship with the company will not be affected. As to former employees, be sure that the EEOC filing does not affect the nature of any references given.

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