The Texas Workforce Commission reported that Texas employees filed over 67,000 workplace discrimination complaints in 2020, and a whopping 56% of those were for retaliation. Facing retaliation from your employer can be a daunting experience. It often occurs after you have reported a problem in the workplace, such as harassment or a safety issue.
Retaliation can take many forms, from a demotion or pay cut to termination. If you are experiencing retaliation at work, know that you are not alone, and there are steps you can take to address the situation.
Start by documenting everything related to the retaliation. Keep a record of all incidents, including dates, times, and details of the retaliatory actions. Save any related emails, messages, or notes. This documentation can be important if you need to prove the retaliation later.
Review company policies
Review your company’s policies on reporting retaliation. Most companies have a process for handling such complaints internally. Follow the procedure as outlined, usually by reporting the issue to HR or a designated supervisor.
Speak to your supervisor or HR
If you feel comfortable, speak to your supervisor or someone in human resources about the retaliation. Explain the situation clearly and provide any evidence you have gathered. It’s important to give your employer a chance to address the issue internally.
Seek external help if needed
If the situation does not improve or if you face further retaliation after reporting it, seek external help. You may want to contact the Texas Workforce Commission or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for guidance and assistance.
Handling retaliation from your employer requires a careful and measured approach. Remember to take care of your well-being throughout the process. It is important to stand up for your rights while navigating these challenges professionally and legally. Remember, you have the right to a fair and respectful workplace, and there are resources and laws in place to protect you.