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Workplace Retaliation Tied to Covid Is Prohibited, EEOC Says

Nov. 17, 2021, 4:34 PM

Employees are protected from retaliation by their employers for asserting anti-discrimination rights related to Covid-19, the federal government said in new guidance Wednesday.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission updated its technical guidance for employers to clarify how anti-retaliation protections apply during the ongoing pandemic.

The guidance comes as the federal government’s labor-focused agencies are ramping up efforts to protect workers from unlawful retaliation. The EEOC, U.S. Department of Labor, and National Labor Relations Board are hosting a virtual event Wednesday with employers on the importance of anti-retaliation protections.

Retaliation is any action in response to protected equal employment opportunity ...

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