EEOC COVID-19 Technical Assistance Updated With Anti-Retaliation Guidance
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) COVID-19 Technical Assistance has been updated (as of November 17, 2021) with additional guidance about employer retaliation in pandemic-related employment situations. Topics addressed include:
Do job applicants and employees have protections from retaliation for exercising EEO rights in connection with COVID-19?
Examples of protected employee activities: filing a charge, complaint or lawsuit; reporting alleged violations to a supervisor; resisting harassment, intervening to protect co-workers from harassment; requesting accommodation a disability or religious belief
Who is protected from retaliation?
When do retaliation protections apply?
When is an employer action based on an employee’s EEO activity serious enough to be unlawful retaliation?
Engaging in EEO activity does not prevent discipline of an employee for legitimate, non-retaliatory and non-discriminatory reasons.
Protection against employer’s interference with an employee’s exercise of ADA rights