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Retaliation in the workplace

by | Nov 4, 2020 | Employment Law

A paying job provides financial security for a Sacramento resident and their family. When their work is threatened, a person may worry about how they will pay their bills and put food on their family’s table. Many people will do what it takes to keep their jobs and the wellbeing that they provide.

However, for some workers, doing the right thing while on the job can actually put their paychecks in jeopardy. Retaliation is a wrongful employment practice that punishes individuals for taking responsible actions to remedy the potentially unlawful acts of their employers.  This post will explore retaliation in the workplace but will not provide readers with any legal advice.

Actions that may precipitate retaliation

Not all actions undertaken by employees will result in retaliation being taken against them. When an employee places their employer under scrutiny, though, that employee may be punished through wrongful retaliation for their actions. Actions that can bring scrutiny on employers can include reporting illegally or potentially illegal activity committed by the employer to the authorities and getting involved in an investigation into the wrongful or allegedly wrongful acts of the employer.

Ways that retaliation can be inflicted on employees

When an employer chooses to wrongfully retaliate against an employee, their actions can take on many different forms. Some common ways that employers retaliate against their employees can include:

  • Wrongful terminations
  • Wrongful demotions or removal of work responsibilities
  • Loss of benefits or other work-related perks
  • Change of schedule or hours to reduce employment opportunities

Employees who believe that they have been retaliated against do not have to cope with the stresses of their employment problems alone. They have rights and can choose to work with supportive employment law attorneys in their communities. Attorneys who work with retaliation victims can guide them through the legal processes their rights and their options to work.