I appreciate your important insights Wanda Barquin. You make an excellent point which bears repeating: “Witnesses can quickly become victims.” In fact, “retaliation” (reprisal) is the most frequent allegation in discrimination cases filed with the EEOC against private sector employers. Ditto that for complaints filed by workers against federal government agencies. Unfortunately, what too many people may not realize is that even if a person’s discrimination allegation/case lacks merit or is deemed frivolous, employers are still liable for any subsequent retaliation related to the allegation/case committed by any employee (retaliation is an unlawful form or employment discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and other EEOC-enforced laws). Thus, retaliation is something employers need to pay much more attention to and educate the workforce about — as proactive prevention and voluntary compliance are the best ways to stop discrimination/harassment before it starts. You can find more info on retaliation at www.eeoc.gov. Thanks again!

Strategic communications consultant advancing social justice and corporate social responsibility | former career spokesman at U.S. EEOC | DC-based, NY-bred

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