When an employee does something that displeases their employer, there may be a tendency to retaliate. That is why there are strict laws prohibiting retaliation against employees who complain to internal or external agencies about harassment or discrimination in the workplace.
Even if the employee’s complaint was unfounded, an employer cannot retaliate against them for making it as long as they made it in good faith.
Are there any other times when an action might constitute retaliation?
Retaliation may also happen if the employer punishes their employee for participating in or cooperating with an investigation. However, keep in mind, as an employee, that you are only protected if you’re cooperating after a formal complaint has been filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
What should you do if you think your employer retaliated against you?
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know if an employer is retaliating. However, if a worker who was previously never disciplined starts to face disciplinary actions or other complications at work or they are suddenly fired without warning shortly after filing a complaint, then it may be retaliation.
Retaliation can also happen if your former employer gives a negative reference because of the complaint. If you find out that has happened, then you may be able to pursue a claim for retaliation against that past employer.
Our website has more information on retaliation, harassment and other concerns you may face on the job. It’s vital that you understand your rights and responsibilities as an employee and can stand up for yourself if you’re mistreated.