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Accommodation and Compliance: Retaliation


According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in the following publication, retaliation occurs when an employer takes a materially adverse action because an individual has engaged, or may engage, in activity in furtherance of the EEO laws the Commission enforces.

These laws prohibit government or private employers, employment agencies, and labor organizations from retaliating because an individual engaged in “protected activity.” Generally, protected activity consists of either participating in an EEO process or opposing conduct made unlawful by an EEO law. A “materially adverse action” covers any employer action that "might well deter a reasonable employee from complaining about discrimination.”

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