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August is Anti-Retaliation Month

Words matter, speak-up, respond, take action!

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has declared August 2018 as Anti-Retaliation Month in efforts to take proactive steps to educate and inform managers and supervisors that retaliation is not tolerated and make them aware of helpful anti-retaliation resources. Simultaneously, employees are being educated on what retaliation is, their rights and responsibilities, how to seek more information and assistance, and how to remedy a suspected retaliation situation.

Retaliation occurs when employers treat applicants, employees, former employees, or people closely associated with these individuals, less favorably than others because the person reports discrimination, participates in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit (for example, serving as a witness), or opposes discrimination (for example, threatening to file a charge or complaint of discrimination).

The Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) has various activities and training taking place throughout the month of August in observance of the Anti-Retaliation Campaign. We hope to see you there!

  • August 1st – August 31st: Visit the EDI website and social media for regular updates, tweets and weekly blogs which include: NIH is Serious About Anti-Retaliation, Educating Managers: Avoid These Dangers, Educating Managers: 10 Interpersonal Skills to Prevent Retaliation, and Words Matter: Chilling Effect of Retaliation.

  • August 7th and August 14th: Stop by EDI’s retaliation information tables in Building 10 and 31 cafeterias and have the opportunity to meet with EDI’s Division of Resolution and Equity Staff to get any questions you may have answered.

  • August 16th: Anti-Retaliation Training for Supervisors - In-person (Register); WebEx (Register).

  • August 23rd: Anti-Retaliation Training for Employees - In-person (Register); WebEx (Register).

  • August 30th: EDI's Division of Resolution and Equity will be holding an open house from 1:00 - 4:00 to discuss the EEO complaint process and to meet EDI's Division of Resolution and Equity staff.

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