When an individual witnesses certain unlawful or unethical activity and informs higher authority or governing bodies of the misdeed, this is known as whistleblowing. Such unlawful activity can include shady financial acts, unsafe working conditions, undocumented injuries, and more. However, in some cases, when a whistleblower calls out management for wrongdoing, they are often penalized for it or even fired. This unfortunately occurs much too often. No one should have to fear their employer. This is especially true when an employee is simply doing their job and acting within their rights. If you believe that you were retaliated against for being a whistleblower, continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable and skilled employment law attorney. Continue reading to learn the most common examples of workplace retaliation, your rights as an employee when it comes to workplace retaliation, and the steps you should take if you feel you are being retaliated against. If you have further questions, reach out to our firm for assistance with any employment law matters.
What are the most common examples of workplace retaliation?
An employer may retaliate against an employee in the following ways:
- Denial of overtime pay
- Reduction of pay
- Disciplinary action
- Unfair termination
What are my rights when it comes to workplace retaliation?
Employers in the United States do not have the right to retaliate against their employees after they have taken action against them for wrongdoing. Federal law protects employees by allowing them specific rights to take action against their employer for wrongdoing.
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gives employees the right to not be discriminated against based on any factor of which they can’t control such as the following:
- Sexual orientation
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 states that employers are prohibited from discriminating against their employees on the basis of gender.
If you have been the victim of discrimination by your employer, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced employment law attorney who can advocate for you and your rights as an employee. To learn more about our services and how we can assist you, give our firm a call today to schedule your initial consultation.
CONTACT OUR EXPERIENCED GEORGIA FIRM
If you need help with an employment law matter in the state of Georgia, you can count on Ben Barrett Law to effectively represent your interests. With over 30 years of experience, Attorney Barrett has the skill and experience necessary to help you navigate the complexities of any employment law matter you may be facing. To discuss your case with a legal team you can trust, please do not hesitate to contact Ben Barrett Law today.