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HR Functions Can Be Protected Activity Under Title VII

August 18, 2021


Employees are engaged in activity protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 when they investigate discrimination complaints and enforce equal employment opportunity policies, even if those tasks are part of their job duties, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals concluded.

The employer hired the employee in March 2016 to be its director of human resources. The employee investigated several pending internal discrimination complaints and negotiated a severance agreement related to those complaints.

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