Workplace Retaliation: Understanding Your Rights

Do you need a retaliation lawyer?

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has many laws in place that protect employees from workplace discrimination and sexual harassment. These laws are also in place to protect employees from workplace retaliation, which occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging is legally protected activity.

According to the EEOC, it is unlawful for employers to retaliate against their employees for any of the following reasons:

  • Asking about salary information
  • Discussing harassment with your employer
  • Resisting sexual harassment
  • Special accommodations for disabilities or religious practices
  • And more

Identifying Workplace Retaliation

Under federal law, employees are protected from retaliation when they complain about workplace discrimination or sexual harassment. However, only changes that have a truly adverse effect on your employment are considered retaliation. Workplace retaliation is not always obvious – sometimes there can be more subtle forms. Retaliation behaviors can include the following:

  • Demotion or job reassignment
  •  Salary decrease
  • Unjust firing
  • And more

Sometimes, there are reasonable explanations for negative things happening in the workplace. But if your employer can’t provide you with a legitimate explanation, it’s possible you are being retaliated against.

If you suspect that you are the victim of retaliation, you need to talk to your HR department as well as a reliable retaliation lawyer. Guy D. Loranger is one of the top retaliation lawyers in the Portland, ME area. If you believe you have a potential retaliation case, contact the professional retaliation lawyers at the Law Office of Guy D. Loranger today!

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