- Part Number:1984
- Part Number Title:Procedures for the Handling of Retaliation Complaints Under Section 1558 of the Affordable Care Act
- Subpart:1984 Subpart A
- Subpart Title:Complaints, Investigations, Findings and Preliminary Orders
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For purposes of determining whether to investigate, the complainant will be considered to have met the required burden if the complaint on its face, supplemented as appropriate through interviews of the complainant, alleges the existence of facts and either direct or circumstantial evidence to meet the required showing, i.e., to give rise to an inference that the respondent knew or suspected that the employee engaged in protected activity and that the protected activity was a contributing factor in the adverse action. The burden may be satisfied, for example, if the complaint shows that the adverse action took place shortly after the protected activity, or at the first opportunity available to respondent, giving rise to the inference that it was a contributing factor in the adverse action. If the required showing has not been made, the complainant (or the complainant's legal counsel, if complainant is represented by counsel) will be so notified and the investigation will not commence.
[78 FR 13232-13233, February 27, 2013; 81 FR 70622-70623, October 13, 2016]