Every workplace should be a safe environment for everyone to exist in, but the reality is that it isn’t. Retaliation can be committed against an employee for no reason at all, or it has been seen as a type of revenge for reporting unlawful actions within the company. Our Sacramento employment law team tells you everything you need to know about workplace retaliation below.
How to Spot Retaliation
One of the most dangerous aspects of workplace retaliation is the ability of the perpetrator to make the retaliatory conduct as subtle or overt as they wish. Additionally, even if the result of a complaint causes your employer to act less friendly towards you, it doesn’t necessarily constitute retaliation. Changes that adversely affect your employment are only considered to be retaliatory.
There are instances where retaliation is can be extremely obvious, including:
- Being fired or suddenly laid off
- Finding a reduction in pay and benefits
- Being verbally or physically threatened
- Increases in discriminatory behavior
- Sexual harassment
If any of these actions are committed against you shortly after you make a complaint, you have good reason to suspect retaliation.
While the above-mentioned actions can be easy to identify, some forms of retaliation are less obvious. Though you may not notice these examples as retaliation at first, take note of:
- Exclusion from company meetings and events
- Reduction in hours
- Sudden negative performance reviews
- Continual promotion and raise denies
What to Do Next
If you thoroughly suspect retaliation and wish to put together a report, there are a number of steps to follow to ensure you have everything in order.
The first thing you should do is take inventory of all relevant information on what you are reporting. This includes any text message, email, documentation, or other forms of communication between you and your employer. This should incorporate information from before you file a report, and continue once your report is filed.
Keep a Record
Another strategy to consider is maintaining a journal to keep track of any and all unlawful actions committed by your employer against yourself or a coworker. This is especially useful to help form a timeline of events to recount your employer's actions in the future.
Contact the Team at Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton
The final, and arguably most important step, is consulting experienced legal guidance. At Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton, we can assist you in filing a lawsuit to hold your employer accountable for their actions and help you gain the compensation you deserve.
If you or a loved one is experiencing retaliation at their job, don’t hesitate to contact our office today at to schedule your free consultation.