Exacting revenge can be childish at any age. Sadly, it’s still an issue in the modern workplace.
Employer retaliation devastates countless workers across the country. Such actions can hurt and violate employees’ fundamental workplace rights. Because of this, workers should know when their employers’ actions cross the line.
What does workplace retaliation look like?
This behavior can occur when an employee files a complaint against a company or refuses to follow company orders for anything that could reasonably be illegal. For instance, a worker may be a victim of employer retaliation if their boss demotes them, blocks them from advancement opportunities or excludes them from workplace meetings.
When does retribution become illegal?
Employer retaliation doesn’t always break the law. However, workers may have a case against their employer if:
- They discriminate against protected classes: If a worker openly opposes their company’s discriminatory practices and they retaliate as a result, the employee could have a case on their hands.
- They attempt to silence a whistleblower: If you or a coworker faces sexual harassment and get fired for reporting it. For those who work as nurses, it’s unlawful for health care employers to retaliate against nurses for reporting improper patient care.
- They violate OSHA policies: If you face punishment for discussing your pay, workplace safety hazards and other things that affect employee safety.
Pushing back against your combative employer
When workers face demotions, punishments or dismissal for bringing attention to vital issues, it can cause serious harm to them and their families, as they may suffer financial setbacks due to lost wages or a falsely damaged reputation in their industry. Luckily, employees can act by seeking aggressive and diligent legal counsel. An attorney can help evaluate claims and hold employers accountable for their actions.