• Workplace Practices: Have No Fear
  • September 12, 2005 | Author: Steven W. Sloan
  • Law Firm: Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas Office
  • Martindale-Hubbell posed the following question to provide a variety of views on this important topic:
    What are the central elements in establishing a workplace where employees know they can report questionable practices without fear of retaliation?

    Communication is the key to creating a workplace where employees know they can report questionable conduct safely. Employers should promulgate policies stating that improper conduct will not be tolerated and provide procedures for making complaints. Procedures should allow more than one place to complain in the event that a supervisor is the source of the complaint. Policies should provide that the company investigates allegations of improper conduct promptly and thoroughly and should make clear that no employee who complains in good faith will be subject to any sort of retaliation.