The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), states that retaliation is far and away the most common employment claim for employees in the private and public sectors, making up nearly half of all cases. Recently the EEOC released new guidance on retaliation claims, the first such guidance in years. Understanding how this guidance applies to the workplace is critical for all businesses, as well as employers who face retaliation in the workplace.
A former Baltimore detective who faced illegal retaliation from his fellow police officers settled his lawsuit against the Baltimore Police Department. Joseph Crystal testified against two police officers who he witnessed assaulting a suspect during an arrest. Under the law, all employees who report illegal conduct by their co-workers or by their employer are protected against retaliation.
On April 12, 2016, the Thatcher Law Firm won a high profile jury trial in Federal Court on behalf of the Board of Education of Prince George's County ("School Board"). In the case of Donald T. Howerton v. Board of Education of Prince George's County (No. TDC-14-00242), after a lengthy five day trial, the jury quickly returned a verdict in favor of the School Board in just under 90 minutes.