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How Whistleblowers Are Protected From Workplace Retaliation
On behalf of The Kaufman Law Firm posted in Whistleblower on Friday, September 21, 2018.

Sometimes things go wrong at work. Guidelines are disregarded, violations transpire, and workers’ concerns are ignored. Wanting to do the right thing, you speak up and report the problems to management, but it doesn’t go well. Your boss starts passing you over for promotions, co-workers start finding reasons to avoid you, and your manager gives you a terrible review.

What we just described is workplace retaliation and it’s illegal. Your options in this situation are few and far between. You can put on a brave face and continue working, quit your job, or talk to an experienced Los Angeles whistleblower attorney. The last is your best option to move forward and recoup your losses.

Legal Protection for Whistleblowers Facing Workplace Retaliation

Many employers hold a low opinion of whistleblowers because they point out the unfair and illegal activities within the company. Companies generally don’t want these secrets to get out, so when they surface, your bosses are likely to take it out on the person who reported them – you.

Luckily, laws created by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) make workplace retaliation illegal in the United States. Employers cannot get even with job applicants or employees for:

  • Filing a lawsuit or complaint against the business
  • Resisting sexual advances
  • Reporting any type of discrimination, including racial, sexual, or age-based
  • Seeking disability or religious accommodations

Unfortunately, workplace retaliation still happens. Most people think of retaliation as demoting, harassing, or terminating workers who file a complaint or discrimination claim with the human resources department. However, it can also include giving poor job reviews, bullying or ostracizing the employee in question, or assigning them undesirable work projects.

How to Protect Yourself Against Workplace Retaliation

According to workplace experts, retaliation tactics are most often initiated by managers. Because of this, it’s important to look out for yourself when you’re a target of workplace retaliation. Make sure you document any incidents that occur and save any threatening voicemails or emails.

Once you collect evidence, your Los Angeles whistleblower lawyer can get to work building a case against your employer. We’ll present your situation to a jury and fight back against the injustice of your workplace. You can recover lost wages, bonuses, and your self-respect. Make the offending company pay you what you’re worth and change their ways before more employees endure the harassment and threat tactics that you did at the hands of their supervisors.

These situations tend to escalate, but the power of the law is on your side. Workplace retaliation takes an emotional toll on affected employees and leaves them struggling at work, but you stood up for yourself once. You can do it again. Talk to a Los Angeles whistleblower attorney at the Kaufman Law Firm to protect your rights and improve work conditions for your fellow employees. Call us at 818-990-1999 today to discuss your options.

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