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What Is Retaliation in the Workplace?

What Is Retaliation in the Workplace?

Retaliation occurs whenever the employer punishes the employee for doing something that is legally protected.

What Are Some Examples of Retaliation?

You might assume that retaliation must involve firing, but it actually refers to a number of negative actions, including:

  • Pay reduction or hour reduction

  • Demotion

  • Disciplinary action

  • Unpleasant job or shift reassignment

  • Harassment

How Can I Pursue a Retaliation Claim?

Pursuing a claim will likely require the aid of an attorney, but there are things you can do beforehand that can help. The biggest thing to do is keep records; to prove retaliation the you must demonstrate the link that joins the negative behavior with the legally protected action. Having thorough records such as memos or performance reviews can help immensely in proving your case.


If you’re considering making a claim it’s likely best to consult an attorney.