Workplace retaliation is a bigger issue in today’s workplace than many realize. Retaliation occurs anytime an employer takes an adverse action against one of their employees for acting within their rights or taking an action that is protected by law.
Common Situations that Frequently End with Workplace Retaliation:
● When an employee refuses to commit an illegal act when directed by the company, the owner, or their supervisor.
● Requesting time off under the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act).
● Agreeing to participate or participating as a witness for a legal case against the company.
● Filing an employment law claim against the employer or filing a claim with the EEOC.
● Reporting workplace discrimination or harassment.
● Filing a workers’ compensation claim.
● Taking action to stop illegal business or company practices (whistleblowing).
However, many aren’t sure how to identify workplace retaliation.
5 Warning Signs You May Be Experiencing Workplace Retaliation
If you are experiencing any of the following 5 warning signs of workplace retaliation, don’t ignore them.
1. Demotion: referring to the loss of status or responsibility connected to your position or being assigned a lower status position at the company.
2. Termination: being let go from your position with the company.
3. Pay Cut or Decreased Hours: receiving a decreased salary or hourly pay rate or losing your regularly scheduled hours or shifts.
4. Exclusion in the Workplace: when your employer, supervisor, etc. intentionally excludes you from work meetings, training opportunities, etc. that are available to other employees.
5. Transfer: when you are reassigned different duties or a different job location, etc. that causes undue hardship.
In addition to the 5 common warning signs above, keep an eye out for unwarranted negative performance reviews, warnings or disciplinary actions that seem extreme or sudden, and underserved poor performance reviews.
Retaliation is confusing because it can come in many shapes and sizes. While it has many different forms, retaliation is any negative action employers take to attempt to deter a reasonable employee from exercising their legal rights. However, it doesn’t end with identifying the retaliation, employees filing a retaliation claim will need to prove their case.
If you need help proving that your employer retaliated against you, get in touch with Armstrong & Vaught P.L.C., Tulsa’s Premier Workers’ Compensation, Employment, and Social Security Law Firm. We have the experience you need on your side.