Retaliation is a technique used by employers to punish employees for exercising their legally protected rights or standing up for the rights of others. Retaliation can come from your supervisor, boss, HR, or members of corporate leadership. To have a valid retaliation claim against your employer, you must first suffer an adverse job action, which could include, among other things, being fired, being demoted, being denied a promotion, being written-up, or other conduct by the company that threatens your job status.
These adverse actions commonly occur soon after an employee files an internal complaint against his or her employer, receives workers’ compensation, or takes FMLA leave. Many employees fear making any complaints out of the fear that their job will be at risk. No one should go to work every day, afraid to speak up for fear that they will lose their job. It is your legally protected right to raise complaints that you truly believe are against the law or internal workplace policies.
If you think you are the victim of retaliation or you fear that you may be retaliated against in the future, it is important to consult with an attorney to learn how to protect your rights. The experienced attorneys of O'Hara, Taylor, Sloan, Cassidy, Beck, PLLC can help. Our dedicated team can advise you on how to proceed in your future dealings with your employer, or on any currently actionable claims you may have, whether that be maintaining your employment, documenting the retaliation as it occurs, or filing a lawsuit. Contact our office by phone or e-mail to schedule your initial consultation and learn more about how our attorneys can help.