It is very important for employers to not retaliate against employees for opposing wrongful discrimination (such as gender discrimination) in the workplace. Such wrongful retaliation can be extremely harmful to the employee who is being retaliated against. It can also create an environment in which wrongful discrimination can thrive, as wrongful retaliation can discourage employees from opposing such discrimination. No employee should have to worry that they will be punished for standing up against wrongful discrimination.
Recently, a settlement has been reached in a case from Georgia that involved allegations of wrongful retaliation. The case involved a woman who reportedly worked as a quality assurance manager for a Georgia-based manufacturing company.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the woman made a discrimination complaint to the company and eventually filed a charge with the EEOC in regards to gender discrimination that she alleged occurred at the company. The EEOC claimed that, after the woman filed the charge with the EEOC, the manufacturing company fired her. The EEOC alleged that this termination was retaliation for the woman having filed a charge with the EEOC.
A lawsuit was brought by the EEOC in a federal court in Georgia against the manufacturing company in connection to these allegations. According to a press release on the EEOC's website, this lawsuit was recently settled. Reportedly, in this settlement, the manufacturing company has agreed to take certain steps aimed at preventing wrongful discrimination. The company also reportedly will make a monetary payment as part of this settlement.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Gerresheimer Pays $90,000 to Settle EEOC Retaliation Lawsuit," Mar. 7, 2012