It is very important for employers to not retaliate against employees for complaining about wrongful conduct or for supporting another employee's complaints. No employee should have to be subjected to such wrongful retaliation.
Reportedly, allegations of discrimination were leveled against the man's boss by one of the man's former co-workers. The man reportedly took actions in support of his former co-worker's claims.
The man alleged that, after he supported his former co-worker's complaints, his boss reassigned him to a different work location. This reassignment reportedly led to the man facing a round-trip commute of 200+ miles. The man alleged that this reassignment was retaliation for him having supported his former co-worker's complaints. According to the man, this alleged retaliation led to him retiring.
The man brought a lawsuit in a federal court in Wisconsin against his boss in connection to these allegations of wrongful retaliation. A trial was held in regards to this matter. The trial was two days long. Last week, the jury in this case reached its decision. According to the article on the La Crosse Tribune's website which reported this story, the jury ruled that the man was wrongfully retaliated against. The jury awarded the man a monetary judgment in connection to this ruling.
Wrongful retaliation like that which was alleged in this recently decided case can cause a great deal of harm to employees. Thus, one hopes that all employers make sure to not engage in retaliation like that which was alleged in this case. One also hopes employers are held accountable when they commit wrongful retaliation.
Source: La Crosse Tribune, "Jury awards former Wis. vets official $1.8 million," Todd Richmond, Sept. 27, 2012
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