Last November, thousands of Google Employees participated in a walkout to protest everything from forced arbitration to transparency in sexual harassment investigations. Google listened and granted much of what the protesters asked for. So why are the organizers, upset and in the news again? Retaliation.
Illegal retaliation happens when you punish an employee (either overtly or covertly) after they make a protected claim. Protected is the important thing. You can certainly retaliate against someone for behaving poorly, or protesting something not protected under the law. (For an interesting example, see my Inc. Colleague, Alison Green’s example of interns being fired for protesting the dress code.) But, if you’re complaining about working conditions, reporting sexual harassment, or any other legally protected complaints, you should be protected from retaliation.
To keep reading, click here: Google Walkout Leaders Now Claim Retaliation