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Internal investigators not protected from retaliation

2nd Circuit rules that an HR worker investigating a sexual harassment claim does not receive Title VII protection

No good deed goes unpunished, so they say, and that’s certainly the case in Wednesday’s 2nd Circuit ruling, which says that a human resources worker investigating a sexual harassment claim was not protected from retaliation.

The HR worker was investigating a receptionist’s claim of sexual harassment against the company’s vice president, and alleges that she was fired in retaliation. Since she was fired before she filed a formal complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the 2nd Circuit ruled, in a case of first impression, that she was not protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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