Workplace retaliation is not very uncommon. Often employers, who do not like employees that make complaints, retaliate. Thankfully, there are laws protecting the rights of employees from retaliation.
Enduring workplace harassment or discrimination can be a difficult experience. What’s more difficult is gathering the courage to walk to your employer and describe the event to them. In such cases, if your employer takes no action and instead retaliates against you, you might feel helpless. However, with the guidance of a Lambertville employment lawyer, you can understand and protect your rights and file a workplace retaliation claim against them.
What is workplace retaliation?
Workplace retaliation occurs if your company “punishes” you in a way for engaging in a legally protected activity. These punishments come in various forms. Your boss may fire you all of a sudden, demote you to a lower post in the company, cancel your promotion that you were supposed to receive, discontinue providing benefits, etc.
In any circumstances, if you had done nothing wrong legally and your employee still acts in a way that is causing you harm, either financially, emotionally, or physically, then they are probably retaliating against you. Retaliation is a criminal offense and can land a person with serious charges. Therefore, if you are faced with workplace retaliation, you can file a claim against your employer and seek justice.
What to do when facing retaliation
If your employer is retaliating against you, talk to the authorities or the human sources department. Explain your situation to them and see whether they are able to provide you with a reasonable explanation for these sudden negative acts. For example, suppose you have been moved to a different department. In that case, your employer may say that you asked for a position there previously, or you are being demoted because of your bad performance reviews.
If your employer fails to give a reasonable explanation, then that is a sign of retaliation. Speak to your employer and the authorities regarding this behavior and ask them to stop it. If they continue doing so, you are well within your rights to hire an attorney and file a lawsuit against the company.
Things you need to prove in a retaliation claim
To make sure your claim is believable, you need to establish a link between your complaint or any other behavior that may have caused your employer to retaliate and your employer’s negative acts towards you. For this, you need to dig up evidence of things that have happened after you filed the complaint. For example, if your boss was pleased with you before the complaint and is now suddenly giving you bad performance reviews, you can use it as evidence.