Retaliation is prohibited by the University of Georgia’s Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment Policy ("NDAH Policy") and the Sexual Misconduct Policy as well as by various federal and state laws.  Retaliation means any materially adverse action taken against an individual because s/he:

  • In good faith, reported what s/he believed to be discrimination or harassment based on a protected category (e.g., race, color, sex (including sexual harassment and pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity or national origin, religion, age, genetic information, disability, or veteran status),
  • Participated or cooperated in any Equal Opportunity Office investigation, or
  • Was otherwise associated with any Equal Opportunity Office investigation. 

Retaliation can take many forms including, without limitation:

  • Departing from any customary employment or academic practice regarding the individual;
  • Impeding the individual’s academic or professional advancement in any University activity or program;
  • Refusing to hire, transfer or promote, or firing the individual;
  • Transferring or assigning the individual to a lesser position in terms of wages, hours, work responsibilities, job classification, job security, employment or academic status;
  • Unwarranted, excessive or disparate discipline or negative evaluation of the individual;
  • Denying the individual access to training or other benefits of employment;
  • Excluding the individual from academic or work-related meetings, events or activities;
  • Refusing to grant reasonable leave or accommodation requests;
  • Speaking ill of the individual to others in the work place or academic setting (e.g., labeling the individual as a “trouble-maker,” “not a team player,” “not to be trusted,” etc.); or
  • Threats or other acts of intimidation

The University will not tolerate retaliation.  Any University community member found to have engaged in retaliation in violation of the NDAH Policy will be subject to disciplinary action under the Policy.  

If you have knowledge of or believe you have experienced retaliation, please contact the Equal Opportunity Office at (706) 542-7912 or

Types of Discrimination