Workplace Retaliation

Workplace Retaliation Lawyer in Circleville, Ohio

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) defines workplace retaliation as punishing “job applicants or employees for asserting their rights to be free from employment discrimination, including harassment.” Such punishments can take the form of firing workers, refusing to hire applicants, and subjecting people to verbal and physical abuse.

Such practices are illegal. They are also disturbingly common, as the EEOC receives far more complaints about workplace retaliation than about any other violation of employees’ rights.

Workplace retaliation attorneys in the Circleville offices of Agee Clymer Mitchell & Portman make it a mission to fight for workers who lose their jobs or find themselves in abusive or disrespectful job situations. To know if we can help you hold an employer accountable for workplace retaliation, see if the following descriptions of grounds for filing a retaliation complaint apply to you.

Why Employers Retaliate Against Workers

Employers, whether they are private companies or government agencies, cannot retaliate against workers who engage in protected activities. Examples of protected activities include, but are not limited to,

  • Reporting or serving as a witness in an investigation into alleged incidents of discrimination
  • Reporting sexual harassment
  • Reporting safety issues
  • Filing a workers’ compensation claim
  • Reporting violations of federal or state laws and regulations
  • Refusing to go on dates or trade sex for job opportunities
  • Refusing to follow orders or comply with policies that perpetuate discrimination or harassment
  • Requesting accommodations for disabilities
  • Becoming pregnant
  • Requesting accommodations for religious practices and observances
  • Requesting or using leave under the provisions of the Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Demanding the minimum wage and earned overtime
  • Discussing wages and salaries with coworkers and managers
  • Engaging in union organizing or union activities

If your situation is not listed, you could still benefit from speaking with a workplace retaliation lawyer in Circleville, Ohio. We cannot list every scenario, and employees have many other rights, including enforcing the terms of an employment contract, returning to civilian jobs after spending time on active duty with the military, and demanding equal pay for women and men who do the same jobs for the same employer.

How Employers Retaliate Against Workers

Workplace retaliation can involve any of the following:

  • Giving an employee a poor performance review
  • Denying a raise or promotion
  • Excluding an employee from training and professional development opportunities
  • Transferring an employee to a dangerous or low-status position
  • Demoting an employee
  • Docking an employee’s pay or withholding bonuses
  • Sabotaging an employee
  • Threatening a worker or job applicant
  • Verbally insulting a worker or job applicant
  • Physically assaulting a worker or job applicant
  • Making working conditions so miserable that an employee quits
  • Firing an employee

Contact Our Circleville Employment Retaliation Attorneys

The workers we advise and represent as Circleville employment retaliation attorneys often tell us that they experienced several types of retaliation. Many also describe an escalation in mistreatment until they eventually felt forced to leave their job or were fired for a reason that may not stand up to scrutiny by the EEOC or a jury in an employment lawsuit. Call us at (614) 221-3318 to schedule a free and confidential consultation on a potential workplace retaliation case. You can also connect with us online and share some of you story by completing this secure contact form.



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