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Equal employment opportunity laws provide that employers may not retaliate because a person files a discrimination complaint; participates, assists or testifies in an investigation or litigation; or, opposes discriminatory employment practices (e.g., 42 USC 2000e-3; 29 USC 215(a)(3)). Complainants may pursue retaliation complaints regardless of whether their original discrimination complaints had legal merit. Alleged retaliation may concern issues like discharge, demotion, harassment, or negative employment references. Employers should be cautious in taking actions against persons who file discrimination complaints, and persons who oppose discrimination, so that the actions are not found to be retaliatory.

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