U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Ensuring that you treat employees consistently, or that you can justify any inconsistent treatment, may help you prevent retaliation.
Before making an employment decision that may negatively affect an employee who reported discrimination, assisted with a discrimination investigation or lawsuit, or opposed discrimination, ask yourself:
If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," or if your decision is not consistent with your past behavior or with your employee policies, determine whether you can justify the decision to treat the employee differently.