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Is an employee protected against retaliation for participating in an employer’s internal investigation?

Yes.  The Supreme Court held in Crawford v. Metro. Gov’t  of Nashville, 555 U.S.271, 279-80 (2009) that an employee’s participation in an employer’s internal investigation of another worker’s harassment complaint constitutes opposition to unlawful discrimination protected by Title VII.

Whistleblower retaliation laws also protect witnesses in both internal and government investigations.  See our article: Does retaliation against an employee due to the employee’s testimony in federal court violate civil rights laws?

To learn more about the rights of victims of sexual harassment, see our survival guide for employees:

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