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What if My Employer Retaliates Against Me? Am I Protected?

December 12th, 2023
Our Chester County Employment Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Can Help if You Experienced Workplace Retaliation

Workplace retaliation can be a daunting and isolating experience. Workplace retaliation refers to adverse actions taken by an employer against an employee as a result of the latter’s engagement in a legally protected activity. These activities can include reporting discrimination or harassment, investigating such allegations, or asserting your rights to fair wages and hours.

Retaliation can take various forms. It is not limited to obvious actions such as demotion or termination. It can be more subtle and insidious, like a sudden change in work schedules, exclusion from meetings, denial of promotion opportunities, or even refusal to hire.

To help you better understand, let us consider a few examples:

  • Demotion: An employee reports sexual harassment by a supervisor. Following the complaint, the employee is demoted to a lower position with lesser pay. This could potentially be a case of workplace retaliation.
  • Refusal to promote: An employee participates in an investigation into wage theft at their company. Despite being eligible and qualified, the employee is consistently passed over for promotions. This could be a form of retaliation.
  • Harsher treatment: An employee asserts their right to fair wages and subsequently experiences increased scrutiny, negative performance reviews, or hostile treatment. These actions can also fall under the umbrella of retaliation.

Your Rights and Protections

In Pennsylvania, several laws protect employees from workplace retaliation. The Pennsylvania Human Relations Act (PHRA) and federal laws like Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who assert their rights.

If you believe you have been subjected to workplace retaliation, it is crucial to document each instance. Keep records of any adverse actions, conversations, performance reviews, or emails that could support your claim. Confiding in a trusted coworker who can serve as a witness if needed can also be helpful.

If you think you are facing retaliation, it is advisable to consult with an employment law attorney. They can guide you through filing a complaint with appropriate agencies, such as the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission (PHRC) or the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

While it might feel intimidating to stand up against retaliation, doing so protects your rights and contributes to creating a fair and equitable work environment for all.

Our Chester County Employment Lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Can Help if You Experienced Workplace Retaliation

Your courage to stand up against workplace retaliation can create a ripple effect, inspiring others to do the same. Speak with our Chester County employment lawyers at The Gold Law Firm P.C. Call 215-569-1999 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation. Located in Philadelphia and Pennsauken, New Jersey, we serve clients in South Jersey and Southeastern Pennsylvania, including Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, Northeast Philadelphia, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Lehigh County, Montgomery County, and Cherry Hill.

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