Uh oh, looks like your boss isn't too happy about that sexual harassment complaint you filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Now they're making your life miserable by cutting your hours, giving you extra work, or generally treating you worse than other employees. That's called retaliation, and it's illegal!
We know standing up for your rights can feel scary, especially when it seems like your employer holds all the cards. But don't worry - retaliation is actually a big no-no according to several workplace laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. Here's what you need to know:
First, document everything. Keep a detailed log of all the ways you're being punished for asserting your rights. Email it to yourself so you have timestamped records. Got a demotion, pay cut, or bad performance review out of the blue? Write it down.
Next, file a charge with the EEOC or your state's fair employment agency. Explain how your employer retaliated against you for your original complaint. The EEOC will investigate just like they did for your first claim.
You can also talk to an employment lawyer about your options. They can help you file a lawsuit against your employer for retaliation. This could get you money damages, your job back, and more. Having an attorney makes the process much easier.
Most importantly, don't suffer in silence or let your boss intimidate you. Speaking up against workplace discrimination is brave. You deserve to work with dignity and respect, without fear of retaliation. With the law on your side, justice and change is possible. Stay strong!