As a worker, you may have found yourself thinking that you did not work in the best environment. Perhaps your coworkers often made rude comments or did not work as hard as they should. Maybe your boss often made you feel uncomfortable for one reason or another. Whatever the issues, they seemed minor and you overlooked them.
One day though, you noticed acts of discrimination or another serious violation taking place at work. As a result, you filed a complaint with the appropriate department. Since then, your supervisors or other members of management have worked to make your job life more difficult.
If you have been subjected to unfair treatment after filing a complaint, it is possible that your managers are retaliating against you. In many cases, acts of retaliation are illegal, and you may have reason to take further action if the mistreatment continues. Of course, you may feel uncertain about what actions could constitute retaliation. Some examples include:
- Getting passed over for a promotion
- Facing termination from your position
- Having to contend with harassing actions
- Receiving threats
- Receiving negative, and unwarranted, work-related reviews
- Suffering an assault
- Having personal items stolen
This list does not represent every act that could fall under the scope of retaliation. In fact, you could face retaliation even after you leave the job. For example, if a former employer provides false information to potential future employers to hinder your chances, those actions could count as retaliation.
What does not constitute retaliation
Of course, you may want to keep in mind that not every negative act in the workplace may fall into the category of retaliation. For instance, if supervisors make occasional rude remarks or no longer socialize with you, they may be acting unprofessionally but not in a retaliatory manner.
If you filed a complaint for a serious act in your workplace, like sexual harassment or discrimination, and faced retaliation as a result, you may want to consider your legal options. Filing a claim could help you seek justice for the wrongdoing you faced, and it may help to receive an evaluation of your case from a legal professional to determine what courses of action may be appropriate.