Whether you’ve experienced discrimination, sexual harassment, or another type of grievance, you may file a report with your human resources department. However, many employees refrain from filing a complaint or reporting illegal activity because they fear that they will face retaliation. Thankfully, there are state and federal laws that protect employees from workplace retaliation. If an employer does retaliate against you, you can file a claim against them with the help of an experienced attorney.
Your Employer Can’t Retaliate Against You for Filing a Complaint
Filing a complaint is considered a legally protected activity that your employer can’t retaliate against. This means that if you come forward with a complaint, your employer can’t fire you or retaliate against you. Your employer also can’t demote you, deduct your salary, or reassign your job position. If an employer does display unfair behavior after you filed a complaint or reported illegal activity, it could be a form of retaliation.
Your employer can’t retaliate against you for any of the following:
- Complaining about discrimination
- Intervening to protect others from harassing accusations
- Resisting harassing behavior
- Requesting accommodation for a disability
- Requesting medical leave
- Refusing to participate in illegal activity
- Providing information in an employer’s investigation regarding discrimination or harassment
What Should I Do If My Employer Retaliates Against Me?
If your employer fired you or treated you unfairly after you filed a complaint, you might have a retaliation claim. Retaliation and wrongful termination cases can be complicated since you will need to present valid evidence that your termination or retaliation was linked to the complaint. To gather the evidence you need, you should have the guidance of an experienced employment law attorney. Our Kentucky employment law attorneys at Charles W. Miller & Associates have helped workers get the compensation they deserve after experiencing unfair treatment in the workplace. We can investigate your situation and gather the evidence needed to develop a strong case on your behalf.
Contact our Indiana employment law attorneys today at (502) 890-9954 to schedule a case review!