Protection Against Workplace Retaliation
Our attorneys fight for you
Employees have the right to take legal action when they are subjected to harassment and discrimination at the workplace. Some employers get offended when these issues are reported, and they retaliate against employees. Our harassment and discrimination lawyers hold these employers accountable to let them know this behavior is not acceptable.
The experienced attorneys at Gibson Law, LLC know how employers handle these types of cases. That’s because we used to represent employers in cases involving harassment, discrimination and retaliation. Now, we fight for employees who are not being treated fairly in the workplace.
Federal and Ohio laws protect employees from workplace retaliation after standing up for their legal rights at work. Even so, some employers punish employees because they view them as disloyal. They may also want to discourage other employees from “causing trouble” in the future. That’s not right. That’s why we’re proud to represent employees in such legal matters.
Understanding retaliation in the workplace
Retaliation can take many forms, including job termination, demotion and a decrease in pay. It can also take more subtle forms, including:
- Undesirable job assignments.
- Unjustified negative evaluations.
- Passing you over for a deserved promotion.
- Harsh discipline for seemingly minor violations.
- Increasing surveillance.
- Treating you less favorably than other employees.
- Comments of disapproval about your complaint.
Certain agencies, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and the Ohio Civil Rights Commission (OCRC) investigate harassment, discrimination and retaliation in the workplace. But these agencies are often overwhelmed and it may take months for them to investigate your complaint.
Pursuing a claim of workplace retaliation can be difficult. You need to prove that you experienced harassment or discrimination, you engaged in a protected activity (such as reporting the behavior), your employer took adverse action against you in response and you suffered damage as a result.
Our attorneys know the ways that employers try to cover up retaliation. We used to defend employers in cases just like yours.
We know where to look for evidence that you were subjected to retaliation at the workplace. This evidence can include complaints made to your employer, emails, letters, memos, text messages and other documentation. We also identify and interview witnesses who can support your claim.
We hold employers accountable
Our firm knows how to build strong cases that employers have to take seriously. We also determine the damages you have suffered and demand financial compensation. These damages may include lost wages and benefits, as well as related damages, such as medical expenses you had after losing your health care benefits.
If you are experiencing workplace retaliation after filing a harassment or discrimination claim, it’s important to get trusted legal advice as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more difficult it may be to prove that retaliation took place. Over time, evidence can be lost or destroyed, and the memories of witnesses can fade.
You do not have to put up with workplace retaliation for standing up for your rights. Learn more about how we can help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a member of our legal team. Our offices are located in Cincinnati and Dayton.