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What Are the Most Common Forms of Retaliation?

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After making a complaint of discrimination, some employees experience retaliation from their employers. This means that they are treated differently than before. There are many different forms of retaliation. Recognizing when it occurs is the first step to taking action and stopping retaliation in its tracks. 1. Verbal Abuse By Management Managers sometimes verbally abuse

After making a complaint of discrimination, some employees experience retaliation from their employers. This means that they are treated differently than before.

There are many different forms of retaliation. Recognizing when it occurs is the first step to taking action and stopping retaliation in its tracks.

1. Verbal Abuse By Management

Managers sometimes verbally abuse employees who made a claim of harassment or discrimination. Other employees and co-workers may also verbally abuse those employees in an effort to get on management's "good side."

2. Being Left Out

Employees who made a harassment or discrimination claim may notice that they are left out of employment gatherings or meetings where important decisions are being made. This is one of the more common forms of retaliation, and it is unfortunately one of the most difficult to prove.

3. Being Passed Over For a Promotion

If an employee brings forward a claim of discrimination or harassment, an employer may not outright fire that employee, thanks to the current laws against doing so. However, employers may pass over that employee the next time a promotion becomes available, even if the employee is deserving of the raise.

4. Being Fired or Almost Fired

Another common form of retaliation in the workplace is being fired or almost fired as a result of making a harassment or discrimination claim. If an employee isn't fired, he or she may be made to feel as though firing will occur, which can cause fear and uncertainty.

5. A Cut in Pay or Hours

Employees who are being retaliated against may notice that they aren't scheduled to work as frequently as they were before they made the harassment or discrimination claim. Sometimes an employer also cuts an employee's pay rate.

It is against the law for an employer to do any of the above in direct relation to a claim an employee makes about discrimination or harassment in the workplace.

Employers who are retaliating against employees will find other reasons to explain why they are cutting hours or excluding the employee from work related gatherings.

This makes it more difficult to approach the matter from a legal perspective, since the employer's legitimate reason for the demotion or termination makes it hard to prove otherwise.

Contact Sean A. Casey Today

If you or a loved one have been retaliated against in the workplace, it's time to take action. Attorney Sean A. Casey, Esq. has worked with dozens of clients who were victims of discrimination, harassment and/or retaliation at work.

Attorney Casey can provide you with comprehensive legal representation. He will investigate the facts surrounding your case and create a sound legal strategy aimed at eliciting the best possible result. Contact Attorney Casey now for a consultation at (412) 201-9090 or toll free at (888) 658-0041.

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