Recognizing Employer Workplace Retaliation

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Company retaliation is any adverse action taken by an employer against an employee or former employee because they exercised their rights under anti-discrimination laws, spoke out against discrimination, or assisted someone in exercising their rights. 

Illegal Employer Retaliation

Company retaliation, job retaliation, or wrongfully terminating an employee are illegal actions.  The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is the agency that enforces the laws against discrimination and retaliation.  Qui tam laws commonly known as whistleblower statutes provide additional protections to an employee who reports illegal action by their employer, espicially against being wrongfully terminated. 

Recognizing Workplace Retaliation

The best defense is a good offense.  Learn to recognize signs of employer or company retaliation.  Some examples of job retaliation are listed below:

  • Transfer or reassignment that is undesired (even with no loss in pay or benefits);
  • Threats, when repeatedly made and when disruptive to the worker's job performance;
  • Attempting to persuade a current employer to discharge a former employee;
  • Firing the employee or forcing retirement by eliminating the position and offering only lesser alternative positions;
  • A transfer out of the country;
  • Harassment on the job;
  • Interfering with an employment contract;
  • Denying or suspending severance payments;
  • Transferring the employee to a job with poorer working conditions;
  • Increasing the workload without good reason;
  • Adversely changing the company vacation policy;
  • Delaying the distribution of tax and social security forms.

Employer Retaliation Legal Assistance

There are protections against company retaliation through the EEOC and qui tam laws.  These statutes require the assistance of an experienced workplace employer retaliation to meet the deadlines and requirements that must be met for a successful claim against your employer.

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