HCBE Faculty Articles

Title

The Retaliation Doctrine Under Title VII of U.S. Civil Rights Law: A Primer for Managers and Employees

Document Type

Article

Date

2017

Publication Title

SAM Advanced Management Journal

ISSN or ISBN

0749-7075

Volume

82

Issue

3

First Page

29

Last Page

52

Description

Retaliation toward employees who report illegal discrimination and/or unethical practices in the workplace can be problematic for managers and corporations. While there are many forms of retaliation, this article specifically examines an important aspect of civil rights laws in the United States: the retaliation doctrine pursuant to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. This work is intended as a "primer" aimed at employers and employees-and particularly the managers of the former. The article examines fundamental legal principles of retaliation law, explains the meaning and rationale behind these legal concepts, and provides illustrations of the rules' application. The article is not intended for attorneys, though it would serve as a good basic review of this part of civil rights laws for attorneys who have not dealt with this topic recently. The article also provides a discussion of the practical implications of the retaliation doctrine and then supplies recommendations to employers and employees as to their rights and responsibilities pursuant to retaliation law in the United States.

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