In November 2018, Google employees protested against pay inequity and nontransparent approaches to the topic of sexual harassment, among other things. These are hot button topics within employment and HR. Now several of these Google workers are claiming that they are being retaliated against by their employer.

Managers and business leaders must be warned against making decisions or taking actions that could be interpreted as retaliation against employees who voice concerns or file complaints about workplace conditions. Additionally, the National Labor Relations Act forbids employers from interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of rights relating to organizing, forming, joining or assisting a labor organization for collective bargaining purposes, or from working together to improve terms and conditions of employment, or refraining from any such activity.

ESC recommends addressing employee concerns with an HR professional to ensure compliance and limit your organization’s exposure to allegations of retaliation.