Facts About Employer Retaliation Claims
Although there are a number of laws in place that protect a person from discrimination in the workplace, there have been many attempts by employers to find loopholes around these protections. For an employment law attorney, one of the biggest challenges is in addressing these retaliation claims and ensuring that they are prevented from occurring further. Put simply, a retaliation claim is when an employee believes that they were mistreated after reporting on discrimination or harassment in the workplace. After the report has been filed, they claim that they are then punished by either their employer or a fellow employee that was also involved in the claim.
Of course, federal law specifically protects employees from employer (and employee) retaliation, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s always taken to court. For most people, “dealing” with retaliation is just an assumed part of their life, and they’re unaware of the federal law that is there to protect them. In these cases, an employment law attorney can be especially useful. These types of attorneys routinely deal with retaliation claims and help clients to deal with the trauma associated with their discrimination or harassment.Aside from dealing with the fallout of workplace retaliation, another big issue with retaliation is the way it prevents people from speaking out in the future. When people assume that they’ll just get into more trouble by speaking up about harassment they’ve experienced, they’re more likely to stay silent on the subject and just hope that it passes on its own. It is for this reason that the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has found that retaliation is one of the biggest issues in the modern workplace.
For those who are unsure if they’ve been victim to retaliation, the law is actually surprisingly simple. As it stands, the law protects an employee from being affected in any facet of their work after filing a discrimination or harassment report. This includes protecting them from a change in their job assignments, pay, promotional opportunities, training opportunities, and any fringe benefits that their job might otherwise provide.
If you feel that you’ve been retaliated against in your workplace, don’t suffer in silence. Instead, find a trust attorney to represent your case and bring it to them to deal with.
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