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Were you a victim of workplace retaliation?

On Behalf of | Mar 12, 2024 | Workplace Discrimination |

Employees in the Washington, D.C. area, and across the nation are entitled to work in an environment where there is unlawful treatment by their employer. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and one of the most common violations of employee rights involves workplace retaliation. If you were a victim to any type of unfavorable response after filing a harassment or discrimination complaint, reporting an unsafe work area, or protesting an illegal activity, you may have the right to hold your employer accountable for this wrongdoing.  

Of all the complaints received by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the largest percentage involves allegations of workplace retaliation. As an employee, you can become subject to both intentional and unintentional acts of retaliation. Intentional workplace retaliation occurs when an employer purposely changes certain aspects of your job duties in a negative manner, or terminates your employment, because of your actions. On the other hand, unintentional retaliation can occur if your employer took some kind of action in an attempt to help but ended up making matters worse.   

What acts could be a form of retaliation? 

In the event that your employer responded in an adverse manner to some type of protected activity you did as an employee, this is most likely a violation of your rights. The following are all examples of specific acts that could qualify as workplace retaliation: 

  • Being demoted or fired from your job 
  • Receiving negative and incorrect work performance reviews
  • Being suspended from your job duties, especially without pay 
  • Sudden and consistent micromanaging that feels like harassment  
  • Substantial increases in your workload that are impossible to handle
  • Receiving reduced job responsibilities or work hours  
  • Moving your work location to an unpleasant or unwanted area 

As a victim to any form of workplace retaliation by your employer, including any of the actions above, you may have the right to address this unacceptable treatment. Fortunately, there is help and support readily available to you during what can justifiably seem like an overwhelming situation. An experienced and savvy lawyer can answer your questions and concerns, protect your interests and advocate on your behalf.

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