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Do you have concerns regarding workplace retaliation?

As an employee, you understand that you have certain standards you must hold yourself to while on the job. It is also important to remember that your employer must also uphold standards in regard to its conduct and treatment of employees. If you believe that your employer has treated you unfairly, you may wonder how serious your situation is.

In some cases, work-related treatment may seem unfair to one person, but the treatment is not truly unfair. Instead, the worker simply did not get what he or she wanted. However, in other instances, an employer may unjustly retaliate against an employee. If your employer has retaliated against you, you may have reason to file a legal claim.

What is retaliation?

If you filed a complaint regarding harassment, discrimination or other unseemly practices in the workplace or if you supported someone who made a complaint, you should not receive any negative treatment as a result. Unfortunately, some employers, supervisors or co-workers may resent having such complaints made, so they may begin to treat you in a way that violates the law. Some examples of retaliatory actions you or others could face after filing or supporting a complaint include the following:

  • Negative performance evaluations
  • Demotions
  • Unnecessary discipline
  • Reassignments
  • Termination from the job
  • Reduced pay

Essentially, filing or supporting a complaint of hostile actions in the workplace should not affect your employment. Even if an employer reassigns you after making a complaint and does so to remove you from the environment during an investigation into your complaint, that action could still constitute retaliation even though it may have been unintentional.

What are your employer's duties?

Employers have a duty to take complaints seriously and address them in the proper manner. Your employer could also work to prevent retaliation in the workplace by having a policy against retaliation, keeping records of complaints and actions resulting from the complaints, and keeping information confidential.

How can you handle retaliation?

If you believe that your employer has retaliated against you, you may want to explore your legal options. Filing an employment law claim could allow you to seek justice and restitution for wrongdoing to which your employer subjected you. Speak with an  attorney to learn more about those options.

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