As an employee, you may already know that there are laws to protect you against sexual harassment and employment discrimination. However, you may be less clear about the laws in place that protect you against the threat of illegal workplace retaliation.
What Is Workplace Retaliation?
Simply put, workplace retaliation occurs when your employer punishes you for engaging in activities that are protected by federal or California law. Generally, protected activities include: reporting conduct that is illegal, filing a discrimination lawsuit, refusing to participate in illegal activity, filing sexual harassment or whistleblower complaint, or helping other employees file a lawsuit or complaint of illegal workplace activities.
What Are The Signs Of Illegal Retaliation?
In some cases, it is very clear that your employer has retaliated against you illegally. An example of this occurs if you are fired soon after you filed a complaint or lawsuit. However, not all signs of employment retaliation are so black and white. If you have engaged in a protected activity discussed earlier, your employer may engage in some of these more subtle activities that may be illegal:
- Giving you performance reviews that are unfairly negative
- Denying you deserved promotions or raises
- Increasing your workload
- Excluding you from meetings for projects you have been working on
- Subjecting you to disciplinary action
If any of these activities occurs soon after you participated in a protected activity, it is a good sign to contact an attorney to learn more about what to do next.
I Will Stand Up For You
If you suspect that you have been unlawfully retaliated against for standing up for your rights in your workplace, contact my law office. I will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your case and recommend the next steps that would best protect your interests.