According to an EEOC complaint filed in court in Illinois yesterday, an employee subjected to hostile, abusive and lewd comments in the workplace who complained repeatedly to management was fired in retaliation.

There is nothing particularly noteworthy about this set of facts, except the quote from the EEOC’s regional attorney in Chicago, who had a warning for employers about retaliation – the same that we often publish:  "Employers ought to learn from this case. Any employment discrimination problem — sexual harassment or anything else — can always be made worse and more injurious to the conduct of the employer’s business. Retaliation is guaranteed to do that. It never makes sense, it is never good for business, and it is always illegal."