Retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for speaking out against some form of injustice in the workplace. Some common forms of retaliation are demotions, unfair treatment or harassment, reduced pay or benefits, and unfavorable work assignments. Adverse disciplinary actions that an employer takes against an employee may be considered an unlawful retaliation. Ultimately, retaliation results in employees not speaking out against other unlawful employer practices such as harassment and discrimination due to a fear of retaliation.
What Could My Employer Retaliate Against Me For?
The United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has a few activities that are protected from employer retaliation. Some of these activities include being a witness to an investigation, refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination, refusing a sexual advance, requesting an accommodation for a disability, etc. If an employer retaliates against an employee for any of these reasons, then the employer may be violating EEO laws, and the employee may have a claim.
What Should I Do If I Feel That I’ve Been Retaliated Against?
If you feel that you’ve been retaliated against by your employer, then reach out to our law firm today for a free consultation! The attorneys at Makarem & Associates, APLC have decades of experience when it comes to retaliation and other unlawful employer practices. Call our law firm today for a free consultation at 310-312-0299 or email us as [email protected].