Workplace violations take various forms, whether an employee is not paid properly or they are discriminated against on the basis of their religious views, racial background or sex. However, retaliation is a serious issue and one that often gets ignored. Workers need to have a clear understanding of their rights and it is smart for employees to go over examples of unlawful retaliation.
Sometimes, victims of retaliation are afraid to come forward because they fear additional problems. Also, many victims do not even realize that their legal rights are violated when retaliation occurs.
Understanding situations when retaliation is illegal
On their website, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has outlined a number of instances when it is against the law for employers to retaliate against employees. For example, if a worker turns down sexual requests or refuses to obey commands that would lead to discrimination, it is illegal for their employer to retaliate. Moreover, retaliation against those who participate in an EEO case, ask for accommodations due to a disability or discuss discrimination with a supervisor is also prohibited.
Understanding how to address illegal retaliation
Workers experience retaliation in various ways. Sometimes, a worker is demoted or even fired, while others are verbally abused, threatened or targeted by rumors. Employees who experience retaliation need to carefully go over their legal rights, whether they decide to file a complaint or participate in a lawsuit. If you are trying to figure out the best path forward, make sure you go over your legal options carefully and do not back down, even if you are dealing with additional threats.