Employees have the legal right to voice concerns about unjust workplace practices without fear of retaliation in any professional setting. If you believe you’re a victim of unethical treatment, such as discrimination or harassment, you’re entitled to report such misconduct.
Retaliation refers to any adverse action an employer takes against an employee as a response to that employee engaging in a legally protected activity. These protected activities might include reporting workplace discrimination or harassment, investigating such claims or refusing to engage in illegal activities.
Understanding workplace retaliation
Workplace retaliation can take many forms and is sometimes only sometimes evident. It could involve a change in your employment status, such as a demotion, a reduction in pay or termination. It might also encompass more subtle actions like changes in job responsibilities, negative performance evaluations, increased surveillance or creating a hostile work environment.
Retaliation is unlawful when responding to an employee’s engagement in a protected activity. Remember that you have the right to report wrongdoing, participate in investigations or voice concerns about workplace practices without fear of retribution.
Acting against retaliation
If you believe you’re experiencing retaliation in the workplace, it’s crucial to take several steps. First, document the retaliation. Keep records of all relevant incidents, including dates, locations, people involved and any actions taken. This evidence can be crucial in demonstrating a pattern of retaliation.
Next, report the retaliation to a supervisor or your company’s human resources department. Make sure to follow your company’s policy on reporting and keep copies of any communications or reports you make.
Finally, consider seeking legal advice. An attorney experienced in employment law can provide guidance and help you understand your options.
No employee should face retaliation for standing up against unlawful or unethical behavior in the workplace. Understanding your rights and the steps to take if retaliation occurs is critical. Working with someone familiar with these matters can help you execute a plan to address the issue.