How to Protect Yourself Against Retaliation

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In Brief...

Retaliation is illegal. Since retaliation is another form of harassment, take the very same steps to report the behavior as you would when reporting sexual harassment.

Instructions

  1. Tell the retaliator to stop.
  2. Keep a record.
  3. Tell someone. This can be done by contacting the human resources department or contacting the EEOC.

Tell the Retaliator to Stop

Approach the person directly and explain that his or her behavior is unacceptable. Often in retaliation situations, direct conversation is not easy and, depending on the situation, may not be safe. Writing a letter or email is perfectly acceptable. Make sure to keep a copy of the letter.

Keep a Record

Record any and all details about retaliatory incidents, including:

  1. Dates and times.
  2. Who was involved.
  3. Witnesses.
  4. Details of any communications you have with the retaliator.

Tell Someone

Report the incident or incidents to a supervisor or to your company's human resources department immediately. Keep a record of any report you give. The company should already be taking measures to investigate and resolve the harassment incident, but now they must address retaliation as well. This should be handled as a very high priority to keep the harassment victim safe.

Author: Corrine King

Corrine King has a Master's degree in Instructional Design with over 8 years of training development experience. She has experience in the utility, healthcare, software, and mining industries in both technical training and human resource training. Her skills include developing onsite courses, delivering in-person training, and creating online training.

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