Does post-employment retaliation in the form of a SLAPP suit violate Title VII if the SLAPP refer to discriminatory lending practices alleged by the former employee?
Administrative Law Lawyer
A statutorily-enabled lawsuit on SLAPP or any other grounds will not be found to itself constitute actionable retaliation. Everyone, individuals and business entities, is entitled to exercise their statutory rights to legal process.
No legal advice here. READ THIS BEFORE you contact me! My responses to questions on Avvo are never intended as legal advice and must not be relied upon as if they were legal advice. I give legal advice ONLY in the course of a formal attorney-client relationship. Exchange of information through Avvo's Questions forum does not establish an attorney-client relationship with me. That relationship is established only by joint execution of a written agreement for legal services. My law firm does not provide free consultations. Please do not call or write to me with a “few questions” that require me to analyze the specific facts of your history and your license application and prescribe for you how to get a State license. Send me an email to schedule a paid Consultation for that kind of information, direction, and assistance. My law firm presently accepts cases involving State and federal licenses and permits; discipline against State and federal licenses; and disciplinary and academic challenges to universities, colleges, boarding schools, and private schools. We take cases of wrongful termination or employment discrimination only if the claims involve peace officers, universities or colleges.
Employment / Labor Attorney
Your question is unclear and more information is needed.
Whether by "SLAPP suit" you mean a lawsuit brought with the intention of discouraging protected speech, etc., or a special motion to strike in defense of such a lawsuit (i.e., an "antiSLAPP motion"), neither would by itself amount to a civil rights violation because of something called the "litigation privilege" and for other reasons.
By the way, in California we generally look primarily at the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) to remedy civil rights claims in employment rather than the federal Title VII because the FEHA tends to have broader protections.
I hope this information is helpful to you.
Follow me on Twitter @joeroselaw. I answer questions on Avvo to try to help get you pointed in the right direction. But, I am not your attorney. Beware, my answers here are general, limited, incomplete, and can never be as complete, thorough, or accurate as one I would give to a client after hearing all of the facts and details of my client's situation and applying the correct law. Also, I am admitted to practice law only in California and all of my answers are intended exclusively for the Golden State.