Workplace Retaliation Lawyers in New Jersey
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Most people never expect to become involved in a serious legal conflict at work, but it happens in many places every day in the United States. People are exposed to discrimination, harassment, and a number of other unlawful activities when they occur against them or other coworkers. Under such circumstances, they may fear retaliation for speaking up by confronting the perpetrator or reporting their behavior.
Burnham Douglass Attorneys At Law takes retaliation claims from our clients very seriously because we know it’s not easy to confront an employer about unlawful activity. Employees who do so are protected by state and federal laws that prevent their employers from punishing them for speaking out. This can be critically important when an employee needs to report concerns about discrimination or sexual harassment, but it can apply in any circumstance where unlawful behavior an employer is engaged and needs to be challenged.
If you believe you’ve experienced mistreatment, consult with our workplace retaliation lawyers in Marlton or Northfield. Call 856-751-5505 for assistance.
The Law Protects Witnesses & Victims of Retaliation
Whether you saw something illegal happen to someone else or it happened to you, your employer cannot engage in retaliation against you. When an employer tries to threaten or punish you to prevent you from reporting an incident or for doing so, they are liable for engaging in additional unlawful behavior.
Examples of Retaliation in the Workplace
Retaliation can be as clear or covert as the employer wishes, but employees should be especially wary of retaliatory measures that are subtle enough to seed doubt about the employer’s true intentions. This is because most employers are aware of the illegality of retaliation and may seek retaliatory measures that may be more difficult for an employee to notice or challenge with legal action.
Retaliation can manifest as any of the following behaviors and others after reporting an illegal incident:
- Reduction in hours, pay, or benefits
- Exclusion from company events, meetings, or projects
- Suddenly negative performance reviews
- Unexplained or dubious reprimands
- Termination, including firing or lay off
- Physical or verbal threats
- Increase in unlawful behavior such as discrimination and harassment
- Denied promotions or raises without adequate explanation
- Transferring an employee to another position or location
What To Do If You Suspect Retaliation
If you are in the process of making a report that could result in your employer engaging in retaliation against you, make sure that you take the right steps to help strengthen your case.
- Gather documentation of all electronic, written, and verbal communication. It’s wise to make sure you have copious documentation to support a future claim. Throughout the process and for several months afterward, you should hold on to every email, text message, voicemail, or other communications with your employer about the matter you’re reporting.
- Keep a journal of current and ongoing actions. You may also want to keep a journal to make contemporaneous notes of everything that’s going on in case you need to build a timeline of events in the future. While doing any of this should be unnecessary, employers need to be held accountable for their unlawful actions – especially if they double-down on them by retaliating against employees.
- Contact an attorney. Consulting with one of our retaliation attorneys in Marlton or Northfield – who are equipped to handle your employment law concerns at hand – can help you navigate this turbulent time in your career toward a better resolution.
Contact Our Marlton or Northfield Offices for Legal Assistance
If you suspect your employer is acting out against you for reporting or witnesses something illegal that occurred at work, you can take legal action by working with Burnham Douglass Attorneys At Law. We can help you pursue your interests through legal action and do so relentlessly to hold responsible parties accountable for violating your rights.
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