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Does making a complaint to the EEOC protect you from being fired?

Engaging in EEO activity does not shield an employee from all discipline or discharge. Employers are free to discipline or terminate workers if motivated by non-retaliatory and non-discriminatory reasons that would otherwise result in such consequences. However, an employer is not allowed to do anything in response to EEO activity that would discourage someone from resisting or complaining about future discrimination.

For more information, see Questions and Answers: Enforcement Guidance on Retaliation and Related Issues.

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