Workplace Retaliation

Examples of Acts that Protect You from Retaliation

  • Filing a claim for workers’ compensation or unemployment benefits
  • Reporting illegal or discriminatory behavior by a coworker, supervisor, or the company
  • Military service, voting in an election, or reporting for jury duty
  • Reporting unsafe working conditions or overtime violations.
  • Asking for a reasonable accommodation of your pregnancy, disability, or religion

You shouldn’t be punished for doing what’s right

When an employee has the right or obligation to take an action, the employer cannot punish the employee for taking that action. You cannot legally be disciplined, demoted, denied a promotion, or fired because of that action.

In addition, a governmental employer cannot fire you for disclosing something that you reasonably believe violates a law or constitutes an abuse of funds, an abuse of authority, or a danger to public safety.

These are all examples of protected activity—things you can’t be retaliated against for doing. This list does not contain every single basis that might exist for illegal retaliation. If you think you’ve faced retaliation at work, reach out to us.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Workplace Retaliation