What are you doing to prevent and address employee retaliation claims?
Protections against retaliation in the workplace are part of the ACA, ADA, False Claims Act, FLSA, Workers Compensation Acts and many more laws and guidelines meant to protect workers’ rights.
- The latest National Business Ethics Survey, conducted by the Ethics & Compliance Initiative, revealed that more than one in five U.S. workers who reported misconduct said they experienced retaliation at work.
- Retaliation claims continue to top the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s list, accounting for 42.8 percent of all charges filed in fiscal year 2014.
- NAVEX Global’s 2015 Ethics & Compliance Hotline Benchmark Report showed that the substantiation rate for whistleblower retaliation reports jumped from a consistent 10 to 12 percent in prior years to 27 percent in 2014—a 125 percent increase.
Need any more convincing that employee retaliation is an issue you need to tackle? To help bolster your efforts, we’ve compiled our top seven resources on retaliation.
Seven Tools for Tackling Workplace Retaliation
- Research Whitepaper: Retaliation in the Workplace: Our research revealed the top areas organizations should focus on to move the needle in anti-retaliation efforts—including educating stakeholders on the evolving definition of retaliation, and making ethics and compliance processes more transparent.
- On-Demand Webinar: The Retaliation Juggernaut: Why Retaliation Risk is Everywhere & What You Should Do About It: Employees are protected from their employers taking adverse action against their employees for “participating” in “protected activity” or “opposing” unlawful employment practices. But the precise meaning of each of those terms is not cut and dried. Greg Keating from Littler co-presents on this webinar.
- Blog Post: Retaliation is Flourishing: What You Can Do About It: What are root causes of management retaliation (ignorance and self-interest are among them), and how can you address them?
- Web Resource: Anti-Retaliation Training Imperatives: Learn more about the key issues training should cover and see clips from NAVEX Global’s Reporting and Anti-Retaliation Training.
- Article: “Identifying and Eliminating Retaliation: Educated Managers and Supervisors are Our Best Defense”: Our monthly newsletter, Compliance Communicator, provides content you can cut and paste into memos to your managers to help raise employee awareness of key E&C issues. This article explains to managers how they can help significantly reduce the instances and perception of retaliation.
- Blog Post: Retaliation by Traffic Jam? Ethics & Compliance Lessons from Bridgegate: Practical insights on managing the reputation risks related to retaliation.
- Blog Post: Building a Culture-Changing E&C Program: Six Essentials: Culture trumps compliance. If retaliation is an issue in your organization, you may need to look for root causes in your culture. Our experts share their experiences and perspectives.
If your organization is struggling with retaliation or other organizational culture issues, contact a NAVEX Global solutions expert. They’ll help you consider what steps you can take to address your most pressing E&C issues and help you get your organization back on the right track.