Being disciplined or fired for exercising your rights as an employee is not only upsetting; it is illegal. This is called retaliation and there are strict state and federal laws in place that prohibit such behaviors.
Even with city, state and federal laws that are designed to protect employees from workplace harassment, sexual harassment remains a widespread problem in workplaces in New York and throughout the U.S. In many cases, victims of sexual harassment don't know where to turn for help, or they fear that filing a complaint or taking legal action will result in retaliation.
Should your employer be able to track your location when you're not working? No, says a woman who was allegedly fired for disabling a work-related GPS app on her phone.
Federal, state and city anti-discrimination laws protect employees in New York from retaliation by employers. Illegal workplace retaliation can take many forms, not all of which are obvious. Following are some ways in which employees may be illegally retaliated against:
Lately we've been discussing the problem of workplace retaliation. A claim brought by a Nassau County sheriff's deputy raised the issue.
One of our biggest concerns at Serrins Fisher is protecting workers from employer retaliation. Recently we discussed the ongoing legal battle being fought by a Nassau County sheriff's deputy who says she was sexually harassed at work and retaliated against by her employer. Unfortunately, these problems exist in workplaces throughout New York City, so let's discuss what constitutes retaliation and how it can be stopped.
It takes courage to report sexual harassment in the workplace. Sometimes, however, that courage isn't met with respect from superiors or human resources departments, and instead is met with retaliation.