Margaret A.WinklerMDIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorsIndividualAuthor
To the Editor: I was alarmed by the statement in the
article on authorship by Ms Wilcox1 saying, "It is
unreasonable for institutions to promise that they can protect
individuals from retaliation for coming forward to complain through
formal grievance procedures." Most organizations have policies on
retaliation, especially with regard to grievances. If enforced, these
policies can discourage such behavior and ensure the victim of redress.
In addition, retaliation such as that mentioned in the public and
federal sectors is downright illegal, and university
employees fall under Department of Labor workplace standards and laws
for their respective states.
Silverstein S. Academic and Legal Aspects of Authorship Disputes. JAMA. 1999;281(2):135-136. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-281-2-jac80019