What is a Tangible Employment Action?
So, how do you set about proving there are issues on your job? Well, think of tangible employment actions. According to the EEOC, a tangible employment action is a significant and negative change in your employment status. Unfulfilled threats do not qualify.
Tangible employment actions include:
--hiring and firing;
--promotion and failure to promote;
--a decision causing a significant change in your benefits;
--salary decisions/changes; and
Always think about tangible employment actions when you make a decision to complain (internally or externally). You must show the professional impact of employment decisions on your career. For instance, a tangible employment action could be shown in an employee who was scheduled for a promotion, until major components of their job were stripped out of their daily responsibilities—without cause. As a result of this employment decision, this person was deemed unqualified for the promotion (which was likely the motive for the employment decision). That’s just one example.
Remember--always show the impact!!
It doesn’t matter if you keep your salary, title or benefits. If an employment decision represents a significant change in your employment status, it may qualify as a tangible employment action. Source: www.eeoc.gov