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How can employers help prevent retaliation?

There is no place in the workplace for retaliation. Unfortunately, some people don't realize just how big of a deal this is.

Companies of all sizes and industries must take the appropriate steps in preventing claims of retaliation. This is easier said than done, but there are several tips to follow:

-- Create a policy. It's important that retaliation is discussed in the employee handbook. This ensures that everyone understands the finer details of retaliation, including the fact that it is not tolerated.

-- Get serious about complaints. If an employee makes a complaint of retaliation, it's essential for the company to learn more and to take the necessary steps in reaching a resolution.

-- Keep detailed records. All companies should have a process in place for not only hearing retaliation claims, but also recording the details associated with each one. From the initial complaint through the resolution, every last detail should be recorded.

While most companies realize the importance of preventing retaliation, such as by taking these steps, it doesn't mean they are successful in doing so. There are still times when an employee, such as a supervisor, lashes back against an employee, such as somebody who reported a safety issue.

If you feel that you've been retaliated against at work, make sure you understand your legal rights. It's easy to let this slide and hope for the best, but this may only make things worse in the long run.

Even when employers do their best to prevent retaliation, you could still become a victim. Knowing which steps to take can help you put this in the past once and for all.

Source: FindLaw, "Workplace Retaliation," accessed Nov. 17, 2016

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