Retaliation is simply an employer’s decision to punish an employee for engaging in behavior protected by law, but which the employer dislikes. Retaliation is a very common form of discrimination because it results from an employee complaining about violations of the law that trigger the duty of an employer to investigate or remedy those violations. It is very important for an employee who decides to challenge illegal behavior to seek legal counsel prior to doing so, or in the event retaliation has already begun, seek counsel prior to the employer firing the employee who complained.
Employers may not retaliate against employees who make complaints of discrimination and/or harassment, either on behalf of themselves or other employees.
In addition, employers may not retaliate against employees who engage in an activity to which the employees have a right, or activities which employees are required to do by law ("whistleblowing").
Examples of retaliation and wrongful termination causes may include:
The above list includes examples of retaliation and wrongful termination causes, and does not include all situations in which an employer may be responsible for preventing retaliation. Retaliation claims can result in a variety of damages including lost wages, emotional distress, punitive damages and attorney fees.
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All information on our website is meant to be generally informative. To find out whether your may have a case of retaliation or wrongful termination, you should consult a lawyer of your choice.