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Would you recognize retaliatory actions against you?

Your employer's written policies and procedures may encourage you to report any negative behaviors or actions you see or experience, but that doesn't mean that the individuals involved will take any complaints well. Your superiors are only human, and they may not appreciate you "rocking the boat" by coming forward.

In response to your actions, you may start to see changes in the way you are treated. The question is whether the actions of your superiors reach the level of retaliation. If you wonder if they are retaliating against you, it may help to know what the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission recognizes as a violation of your rights in this area.

What does the EEOC recognize as retaliation?

Some of your superiors may know where the line is when it comes to violating your rights and their actions may reflect that. However, some employers think they are working within the law when they begin a campaign of retaliation against you, but they could be wrong. If you engaged in a federally protected activity such as making a complaint regarding harassment, discrimination or some other unlawful activity, the following actions by your employer could constitute retaliation:

  • Transferring you to a less desirable position
  • Increasing the amount of scrutiny of you and your job duties
  • Giving you a lower performance evaluation without cause
  • Reprimanding you unnecessarily
  • Making your work more difficult in some way
  • Changing your schedule to inconvenience you
  • Spreading false rumors about you
  • Threatening or making reports about you to governmental authorities, such as immigration

Most employers will attempt to keep their retaliation subtle, so it may be difficult to determine whether it is happening or not. For instance, your employer could possibly create a valid reason for any of the above actions. In contrast, any physical or verbal abuse of you would not be quite as subtle. The only way to really know the difference would involve conducting some research.

In the alternative, you could consult with an employment law attorney. A thorough evaluation of the circumstances could reveal your employer's actions as retaliatory. If that is the case, the next step would entail exploring your legal options. You may have a challenging road ahead of you, but that should not deter you from exercising and protecting your rights in the workplace. You do not have to tolerate this type of behavior.

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