According to the Equal Report, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stated; “retaliation was the most common claim in FY 2017.” However, the EEOC fiscal year ended before the #MeToo movement began which is expected to increase the number of claims being reported. Today, a retaliation claim can have a devastating impact on your business.

The following blog defines retaliation, the impact it can have on your business, and how to document, address, and correct the problem (if need be).

What Is Employee Retaliation?

Retaliation occurs when an employer is accused of punishing an employee for taking a legally protected action. Employee retaliation can be outright or subtle. Incidents of retaliation may include:

  • reassignment
  • firing
  • discipline
  • demotion
  • reduced salary


Take for example, the recent Google Employee Walkout Due To Retaliation associated with two employees speaking out about the company. According to one of the ladies associated with the retaliation claim, her job at Google was nostalgic. However, when things became stressful between the employee and Google, she began to speak out and found that others were suffering from the same issues. This led to two of the employees walking out and demanding immediate action on retaliation from the leaders of the company.

How Can TellZen Help With Employee Retaliation

TellZen understands that retaliation can impact employee trust, make it hard to retain employees, and result in expensive and very public lawsuits. It’s important to build trust and empower your employees. At TellZen, we offer a single confidential and interactive system that helps HR representatives build trust with an organization to discover and manage workplace issues, increase engagement, retention, and fostering culture and diversity by empowering protected groups. Best of all, our platform works via a mobile app, text, or phone (hotline). We make it easy for your employees to maintain their anonymity. We’re focused on building a better work environment, one employer at a time.

Contact Tellzen for a free anonymous employee survey or TellZen survey today. You can also email us at or call us at: (641) 571-4609. We believe it’s important to build and maintain trust with your employees!