Employment laws ensure that workplaces around the country are safe for employees. Still, employers and coworkers have been known to infringe on the rights of workers. In fact, it happens much more frequently than you might think.
At Morgan & Morgan, we know you can’t protect yourself or defend your rights if you don’t know what they are in the first place. In this article, we will give you a brief overview of what those rights are. Then, we’ll dive deeper into the specifics of workplace retaliation.
Each year, tens of thousands of retaliation claims are filed. If you find yourself in a similar situation, you aren’t alone. Keep reading to learn more about the retaliation at work process and how to protect your rights.
If you’ve been faced with retaliation at work, the experienced attorneys at Morgan & Morgan can help. Simply fill out our easy contact form to schedule a free case evaluation today.
Understanding Your Employee Rights
By nature, the employer-employee relationship can cause a bit of a power struggle. But while your boss may dictate your roles and responsibilities at work, he or she cannot infringe on your rights.
You can break your employee rights down into several categories. Primarily, they include:
- Workplace safety
- Wrongful termination
While we won’t have time in this article to cover each of these categories in great detail, we can give you a brief overview. Essentially, when you are at work, you have a right to:
- Receive fair wages for the work you perform
- Be free from retaliation for making a complaint against your employer
- Work in a safe environment
- Be free from harassment and discrimination
If you feel that any of these rights have been violated by your employer, it may be time to call an attorney. At Morgan & Morgan, we deal with workplace lawsuits of all shapes and sizes. We can answer all of your questions and help you better understand the retaliation at work process.
Defining Retaliation at Work
Employment laws are enforced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEO). And according to the EEO, all employees should be able to assert their rights without fear of retaliation.
Essentially, this means that an employee may:
- File a workplace charge, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit
- Participate as a witness in the charge, complaint, investigation, or lawsuit of a fellow employee
- Speak to a supervisor about workplace harassment or discrimination
- Refuse to follow instructions that would lead to workplace discrimination
- Resist the sexual advances of a supervisor or coworker
- Request accommodations for a disability or religious practice
- Make inquiries about salary information to discover potentially discriminatory wages
As long as the employee acts upon a reasonable belief that conditions in the workplace violate EEO laws, they have a right to be free from retaliation. But what, exactly, is retaliation?
Retaliation may take many forms. Examples include being reprimanded by an employer, being transferred to a less desirable position, and these other retaliatory behaviors:
- Being unfairly scrutinized
- Having false rumors made about oneself
- Getting unfair workloads or schedules
- Being a victim of verbal or physical abuse
If you notice workplace conditions that infringe upon your rights or the rights of a coworker, you have a right to speak up. Should you face retaliation for asserting that right, call an employment law attorney at Morgan & Morgan. We can teach you more about the retaliation at work legal process.