Retaliation for Filing a Charge of Discrimination

Parties Agree Employer’s Lawsuit Against Former Employee Violated Equal Pay Act

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) filed against a Missouri employer for allegedly violating federal employment law by suing a former employee after she filed a complaint of pay discrimination with EEOC (retaliation).

The employee first filed a discrimination charge with EEOC in 2015, raising concerns that her employer violated the Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA) by compensating female employees less than male employees for performing equal work. After EEOC completed its investigation of her complaint, her employer sued her in state court.

Andrea G. Baran, EEOC’s regional attorney in St. Louis, added, “Employers need to realize EEOC will vigorously challenge such retaliation and intimidation.”

In Missouri, the Missouri Human Rights Act prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who file charges of discrimination.

Filing a charge of discrimination is considered protected activity.  It is illegal for employers to retaliate against employees for engaging in protected activity.

If your employer has retaliated against you for filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the MCHR you may want to consider contacting a law firm with experience handling discrimination and retaliation lawsuits.

Claims for discrimination, harassment, hostile workplace or hostile working environment often have short deadlines. If you believe you have been sexual harassed at work, you should consider contacting an experienced labor law attorney right away.

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