What happens when an employer makes some sort of effort to show the world how enlightened it is when it encourages employees to come forward with any problems or concerns they may have, first in a written survey, then through an open forum question and answer but when all employees speak out they find themselves on the short end of retaliation by their supervisor?
Retaliation is not what most people think it is. Even if an employer sends out a request for everyone to fill out questionnaires regarding their thoughts, feelings and opinions and so forth, about working there, to include criticisms of supervisors, with the promise that everything will remain confidential, if your supervisor was to ever find out and then retaliated against you, there would be absolutely nothing you could do because such conduct is not called protected conduct. Again in order to engage in protected conduct one must object to our refuse to participate in the violation of an actual law rule or regulation. So let’s say that your employer sends out a questionnaire and on the questionnaire there are questions regarding how difficult it is to work with your current supervisor, and it is, but you are afraid to bring up issues because of your fear of retaliation. You are then convinced to come clean and be honest and truthful and with the promise that no harm will come to you, you are honest and truthful, both on the questionnaire and then in a follow up all employee meeting, and then the retaliation starts in the form of difficult scheduling, reduced hours, demotions, failure to give raises at the proper time, bad performance evaluations, being placed on performance improvement plans, and so forth. You have no recourse as you did not object to or refused to participate in the violation of a law rule or regulation.
Moral of the story is no matter how much they tell you to be honest and you won’t get hurt…….DON’T BE!