Employment and Workplace Retaliation Lawyer
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The anti-retaliation provisions outlined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) makes it unlawful to discriminate against an individual because he or she has opposed any practice made unlawful under the employment discrimination statutes. This protection applies if an individual explicitly or implicitly communicates to his or her employer or other covered entity a belief that its activity constitutes a form of employment discrimination that is covered by any of the statutes enforced by the EEOC.
In layman's terms, an employer may not retaliate in any way regarding complaints made to proper labor organization agencies, or any legal claims which are filed by the employee as a result of workplace actions or conditions.
There are three essential elements of an employment - workplace retaliation claim:
- Opposition to discrimination or participation;
- Adverse action;
- Causal connection between the protected activity and the adverse action.
Many employment - workplace retaliation legal claims involve adverse actions by management, supervisors or co-workers stemming from reports of:
- Discrimination based upon age, gender, race, national origin, religious affiliation or beliefs, or sexual preference.
- Sexual harassment claims;
- The reporting of illegal activities observed in the workplace;
- Equal Pay Disputes;
- Overtime Pay or other Wage and Hour Disputes;
- Any other workplace dispute, which is deemed unfair and illegal by the EEOC.
Employment - Workplace retaliation often takes the form of:
- Sudden reduction in the workers hours;
- A demotion of the employee;
- Termination or Discharge of the Employee;
- Reduction in pay;
- An employee being re-assigned to a department which the employee is unfamiliar, essentially setting them up to fail, making their termination viable;
- Sudden poor performance reviews, following a history of positive and productive performance reviews;
- Denying an employee the proper resources, which were previously available, to properly perform their job duties at a level of expectation or time constraints;
- Exclusion from advancement or pay increases as others less qualified, experienced, or in seniority are advanced or given pay increases instead.
As you can see, there are many ways to retaliate against an employee. While some are very blatant, others are designed to frustrate the employee or force them to resign.
If you believe you are the victim of any form of Discrimination, Hostile Work Environment, Unpaid Wages, Employment Civil Rights Violation, or Overtime Pay Violations, there are two things you should do:
- Begin documenting the actions, policies and witness statements surrounding the events and/or actions in question;
- Seek the legal advice and representation of experienced legal counsel to protect your rights, and stand up on your behalf regarding these rights and the potential injustice you may have been subjected to as a result of unlawful acts in an employment situation.
It is important to note that it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against you for filing an Employment Law case against them.
In employment law cases, including Employment Retaliation cases, if you are successful in your claim, Federal Law provides that your employer may be ordered to pay your attorney fees and court costs.
If you believe you have been the victim of Employment - Workplace Retaliation, contact The Roper Law Firm by calling 706.596.5353 or by using our online case evaluation form.
Attorney, John W. Roper is an experienced Employment - Workplace Retaliation and Employment Law Lawyer providing professional legal services in serving in Columbus Georgia, Columbus-Muscogee County Georgia, the Middle and Northern District Courts of Georgia, and Georgia's Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
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