Dealing with workplace retaliation is never easy, nor is it pleasant, especially if your job is your sole source of income to provide for you and your family. Whether you were a witness to abuse or a complaint filed or if you have refused to follow orders which have resulted in blatant discrimination, there are activities and actions for which an employer cannot retaliate, even throughout the State of Hawaii.
What is workplace retaliation?
Workplace retaliation often includes an employer or another individual in a position of power using their power against employees and subordinates negatively due to a poor response they have to the employee’s work or another action they have taken. With workplace retaliation, an employer may provoke an employee or cause additional grief in their daily life and work regimen.
Workplace retaliation can also include punishing potential employees, or current job applications for asserting their right to be free from discrimination and/or harassment.
Activities and actions for which an employer cannot retaliate
There are many activities and actions that do not warrant retaliation from your employer or any other individual in a position of power, such as:
- Witnessing corruption, investigations, lawsuits, and complaints
- Discussing harassment and employment discrimination with a supervisor
- Asking co-workers, managers, and other employees about salaries to determine potential discrimination
- Avoiding or refusing to follow discriminatory rules and orders
- Resisting harassment and sexual advances
- Requesting assistance with a disability or a religious accommodation
When you are familiar with what constitutes a rightful action as an employer or a job applicant, it is much easier to remain confident while in the workplace. Whether you are seeking legal or financial protection from your employer, having the right legal team by your side may help to secure the best outcome possible for your case.