No employee should have to worry that they will be retaliated against by their employer for complaining about wrongful harassment (such as harassment based on race, national origin, gender or age) in the workplace. It is wrong for employees to be punished for doing the right thing and such retaliation can discourage employees from complaining about harassment, thus creating a work environment in which wrongful harassment can thrive. Thus, it is very important for employers to not commit wrongful retaliation against their employees.
It was alleged that, while the man was with the security company, he was subjected to harassment based on his age (66) and national origin by a fellow employee.
Allegedly, the man reported this alleged harassment to the company. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, after the man did this, the company subjected him to an involuntary transfer. The EEOC claimed that this transfer was retaliation for the man having complained about the alleged harassment.
The EEOC brought a lawsuit in a federal court in California against the security company in connection to these allegations of harassment and retaliation. As we mentioned above, this lawsuit was recently settled. Reportedly, in this settlement, the company has agreed to make a monetary payment to the above-mentioned man.
Wrongful retaliation can be very harmful. Thus, one hopes that employers make sure to not engage in conduct like that alleged in this case.
Source: U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "Guardsmark Settles Harassment Suit with EEOC," May 21, 2012