When you consider reporting an employer’s misconduct, one of the most prominent questions you likely have is “Can my employer retaliate against me?”
State and federal laws prohibit retaliation against those who report workplace misconduct and illegal activity. Those prohibitions extend to reporting misconduct internally, such as to your manager or HR representative, or externally, such as to the EEOC. If your employer violates the law and retaliates against you anyway — such as wrongfully terminating you — you can file a lawsuit and recover compensation for the losses your employer caused you.
Retaliation claims are not limited to situations involving the actual reporting of misconduct, which is often referred to as whistleblowing. They can also arise when you give your employer notice of your intent to report improper activity, and your employer takes action against you.
Businesses of all sizes will vigorously defend themselves against accusations of retaliation so it is vital to have an experienced lawyer working to protect your rights.
When Does Retaliation Occur?
Retaliation is especially prevalent in situations involving the reporting of:
- Sexual harassment
- Unpaid overtime
- Employee misclassification
- Racial discrimination
- Age discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
- Disability discrimination and harassment
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) violations
If your employer has taken action against you for reporting or stating your intention to report any of these workplace issues, contact me to protect yourself legally.
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