Protecting Employees From Workplace Retaliation
If your employer took negative action against you after you reported sexual harassment or discrimination or filed a whistleblower claim, they may have illegally retaliated against you. These adverse actions can come in many different forms and identifying them is the first step in protecting your rights and your livelihood.
My name is Rod Bridgers of the Law Office of Rodney Bridgers, LLLC. I am an attorney with more than 38 years of experience advocating for workers in employment law matters. I pride myself on guiding employees through their complex legal matters and helping them find long-term financial success. My goal is to secure the best possible outcome in your legal issue, and I will fight for you either in or out of court.
Identifying Instances Of Workplace Retaliation
Regardless of the original complaint’s veracity, retaliation (both intentional and unintentional) is illegal. Retaliatory actions can include:
- Firing an employee
- Reducing an employee’s pay or denying them a raise
- Reassigning or demoting an employee
- Offering falsely negative performance evaluations
- Disciplining an employee
- Withholding training opportunities or opportunities for advancement
Workplace retaliation does not only happen to the person who filed the initial complaint or reported an action. An employer may retaliate against anyone who was involved with the ensuing investigation. If you’ve suffered workplace retaliation, an experienced employment law attorney can help you seek compensation for lost income, punitive damages, legal fees, and pain and suffering.
What Should You Do If You Suspect Retaliation?
Take the following steps if you suspect that your employer has wrongfully retaliated against you:
- Document any incidents on a personal computer.
- Print out a record of all communication with your employer and your past performance reviews.
- Maintain a calendar documenting what actions you and your employer took.
- Consult with an attorney immediately. An employment law attorney can provide the guidance you need to hold your retaliator accountable for their actions.
Begin Fighting Back Today
If you believe you are the victim of workplace retaliation, I will evaluate your situation and advise you on how to proceed. I am the attorney to whom Hawaii’s workers turn for help; contact me today. You can schedule your initial consultation by calling 808-796-5650.