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Retaliation Claims

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If you observe illegal behavior, safety violations, discrimination, or harassment in the workplace and you report it to your supervisor or the proper authorities, then it is illegal for your employer to tangibly punish you.

Retaliation can be in the form of:

  • Demoting you
  • Denying you a promotion or raise
  • Reducing your benefits or salary
  • Wrongfully terminating you
  • Transferring you to a less desirable position
  • Giving you inconvenient shifts or not scheduling you at all

If you have been personally victimized by your employer and you are no longer willing to let their actions pass, then please get in touch with our employment attorneys at HDR Law so we can use our extensive resources to help you seek justice.

Laws Protecting Employees Against Retaliation

The following laws contain provisions that make it illegal for or employers to take adverse action against employees who participate in protected practices:

  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, making it illegal to discriminate against job applicants and workers who are above 40 years old.
  • Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, which prohibits discrimination against workers with disabilities and requires that employers provide reasonable accommodations.
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act, establishing standards and protections for the retirement assets of employees
  • Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, which gives workers the right to take leave for qualifying medical and family reasons.
  • National Labor Relations Act, providing the right for workers to unionize and take collective action.
  • Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting employment discrimination based on race, color, sex, national origin, and religion.
  • Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, making it illegal to discriminate against veterans and active duty military members, and provides job protections for servicemembers who are deployed.

What Is Considered Protected Activity?

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the following are considered “protected activities:

  • Filing an EEO charge or complaint
  • Appearing as a witness in an investigation or lawsuit
  • Reporting illegal activity or labor violations to a supervisor or manager
  • Refusing the direction of a superior that would result in discrimination
  • Refusing or resisting sexual advances of a co-worker or superior
  • Requesting accommodations for a disability or a religious practice
  • Inquiring about salary information regarding potentially discriminatory wages

Is Your Employer Harassing You to Quit?

The following are examples of illegal retaliation tactics that employers commonly use to force employees to quit on their own:

  • Moving an employee to a less desirable or lower-paying position
  • Poor performance reviews
  • Threatening to report an immigrant employee to harm their immigration status
  • Deliberately making the employee’s work duties or accommodations more difficult
  • Circulating false rumors around the workplace
  • Verbal or physical abuse

How Do I Prove Employer Retaliation?

In order to prevail in a retaliation claim, you must be able to show:

  • Your retaliation was in response to engaging in a protected activity
  • You suffered an adverse employment action as a result
  • You suffered damages from the retaliation

It is important to keep a written record and other documentation of any conversations you have with your employer regarding your suspicions of retaliation.

Write down the details of every confrontation you have with your manager over protected activity and how it strains workplace relationships or results in mistreatment.

You should also track down evidence of positive feedback from before you were targeted for participating in protected activity.

Contact Our Workplace Retaliation Lawyers in Atlanta Today

At HDR Law, our team of compassionate legal professionals is here to assist clients of all backgrounds with complicated employment law matters. Please reach out to our law firm if you believe your employer has retaliated against you so that we can discuss all of your options under the law.

Give us a call today at (720) 547-9211 or contact us online to schedule a confidential case consultation.


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