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What Is Retaliation in the Workplace?

When someone within a company is committing a wrongful or illegal act, reporting their actions may give them a reason to retaliate against you. It can occur in many forms and can be as subtle or overt as the perpetrator chooses. These actions can come from both employees and employers alike, but it may be more difficult to key in on the true intentions of your employer.

What Retaliation Looks Like

Retaliation can be physical, but it doesn’t always have to be.

Here are some other common forms of retaliation that can be seen in the workplace:

  • Exclusion from company events, meetings, or projects
  • Sudden negative performance reviews
  • Reduction in hours, pay, or benefits
  • Increase in harassment or discrimination
  • Denied promotions or raises without proper cause
  • Being terminated or laid off

If You Suspect Retaliation

If you are filing a report against your employer or fellow employee for illegal activity, and you expect retaliation against you, there are a few things you should do to prepare.

The first is to make sure you have as much documentation as possible to support your possible claim. This means keeping every text, email, voicemail, or any other type of communication between you and your employer about the matter you are reporting.

Keeping a detailed journal of notes may also be helpful in building a timeline of events for your case, as well as helping collect your thoughts through the process.

Contact Our New Jersey Team Today

At Burnham Douglass Attorneys at Law, we take claims of workplace retaliation very seriously. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with employers undergoing illegal activity, let alone having the courage to report them. No one should have to fear for their safety or their job as a result of someone else’s illegal actions, that’s why we have your back.

If you are in fear of being retaliated against at your job, do not hesitate to contact us today through our website, or give us a call at (856) 512-1461!