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Retaliation in the Workplace
Employees who complain about workplace discrimination or who notify authorities about illegal business practices conducted by their employers, are protected from retaliation in the workplace by whistleblower laws. Any action that could be interpreted as a punishment or penalty used against you after you make such a claim or complaint is strictly prohibited by federal legislation.
You also cannot face retaliation for:
- Participating in an investigation against the employer
- Filing a lawsuit against the employer
- filing or being a witness in an EEO charge, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit against the employer
- communicating with a supervisor or manager about employment discrimination, including harassment
- answering questions during an employer investigation of alleged harassment
- refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination
- resisting sexual advances, or intervening to protect others
- requesting accommodation of a disability or for a religious practice
- asking managers or co-workers about salary information to uncover potentially discriminatory wages
If you have reported a wrongdoing and now face retaliation, you need to act fast to protect yourself and your career. Get the help you need from Amber K. Boyd Attorney at Law. Our Indiana employment law attorneys take each and every whistleblower and workplace retaliation claim with utmost seriousness and do everything in our power to ensure you are treated fairly, including receiving compensation for wrongful termination, lost career opportunities, or any other inconveniences related to the retaliation.
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Defining Workplace Retaliation with Legal Statutes
Unfair workplace retaliation is generally clear to see, as business owners who use illegitimate business practices will often outright fire or demote someone who has filed a complaint against them. In some cases, employers are well aware of anti-retaliation laws and choose to act carefully with how they punish employees who voiced their concerns. When such a situation arises, you must be keenly aware of your employer's actions to determine if they have used unfair retaliation to harm you.
Inappropriate adverse actions could include:
- Negative work evaluations
- Salary decreases or demotions
- Firing or termination
- Hostile or insulting attitudes
To put retaliation in the workplace into perspective, consider this example: You are consistently praised at work for your productivity and positive perspective. After being sexually harassed by your boss, you report it to human resources. During your next performance review a few weeks later, you are terminated, or even just reprimanded, for “subpar performance.”
An Attorney with Years of Experience
Not only should you speak up when you are being unfairly retaliated against at work, the law actually encourages you to do so. Careful steps will be required if you want to ensure your case is solid and does not leave anything up to chance alone. Schedule your initial consultation with our Indiana employment lawyer and we can help you determine the best manner in which to proceed for your case.
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