Victims of discrimination face many challenges, whether they experienced mistreatment on the basis of their racial background, sex, religious views or disability. Sometimes, employees who take action due to discrimination (or participate in a discrimination investigation involving other staff members) experience retaliation, which takes a number of forms and is against the law. 

Unfortunately, some people are afraid to speak out because they fear retaliation. 

Reviewing examples of retaliation

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there are many situations in which employees are protected from retaliation, such as those who are participating in an EEO complaint or discussing employment discrimination with a supervisor. Sadly, some people fail to participate in complaints because they worry about the consequences. There are various ways in which workers experience retaliation. For example, some workers are demoted, denied a promotion or paid less because an employer is upset that they participated in a discrimination case. In some instances, people even lose their jobs as a result of retaliation, which brings many hardships into their lives. 

Reviewing the consequences of retaliation

Retaliation carries a heavy toll, not only in terms of finances but also with respect to one’s career and emotional well-being as well. Those who experience retaliation often have to look for work and some have an especially hard time finding a comparable position. Moreover, many people become depressed, stressed out or angry as a result of retaliation. Moreover, this mistreatment can create a host of problems for an entire family and it is pivotal for victims of retaliation to stand up for their rights.