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Employer Retaliation in Workplace

As a New York employee, you are allowed to engage in any protected activity and exercise your legal rights at work. When an employer treats you unfairly or punishes you for exercising your rights, it is considered workplace or employer retaliation. Both state and federal employment laws prohibit retaliation in the workplace.

If you are an employee experiencing workplace discrimination or retaliation at your New York place of employment, please contact us immediately. The employment attorneys at Levine & Blit have more than 100 years of combined experience in handling workplace discrimination and retaliation claims. We work hard to prevent workplace retaliation and get justice for our clients.

An expert employment lawyer from Levine & Blit can vigorously represent you if you want to take legal action to recover back wages, lost benefits, and other damages you might be entitled to receive due to a hostile work environment.

What Does Employer Retaliation Look Like?

Any action, speech, or conduct taken against you in breach of your rights and protections is known as retaliation in the workplace. An employer can always penalize you for legal reasons like failing to perform your job or violating company policy. However, when they punish you for doing something that is a legally protected activity under state or federal law, things become murky and potentially illegal.

The following are examples of unlawful employer retaliation:

  • Termination without cause
  • Demotion
  • Reduction in pay
  • Cuts in hours
  • Overlooked promotions
  • Exclusion from receiving benefits

For example, let’s say you went to your human resources department to report sexual harassment. Or maybe you went to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to report racial discrimination in the workplace and uncover potentially discriminatory wages claims.

When your manager hears about your report, they fire you without explanation. Terminating a reasonable employee in this manner is certainly retaliation on the part of the employer.

What Does the Law Say About Retaliation?

Termination is not the only type of retaliation that is illegal, contrary to popular belief. Workplace retaliation is defined as any action performed by your employer that creates a hostile or unsafe work environment or violates your rights. The following are a few of the more prevalent ones:

  • Reducing work hours.
  • Decreasing pay.
  • Taking away or refusing to grant benefits.
  • Assigning difficult or unfamiliar tasks.
  • Transferring you to a less desirable location.
  • Issuing verbal abuse and harassment for minor transgressions and mistakes in a way that other employees do not receive.
  • Signaling you out from the rest of the group and expecting you to work harder.

New York City Employees Trust Levine & Blit

At Levine & Blit, we are committed to defending the rights of employees in New York City and beyond against all types of employment law infractions, including retaliation by employers.

You may be entitled to compensation if your employer punishes you for exercising your rights, such as such as reporting a company violation to a third-party agency, taking FMLA or PFL leave, or complaining about sexual harassment at work.

What Makes Levine & Blit Such a Good Choice?

  • We have over a century of combined employment law experience.
  • We’ve gotten multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for our clients.
  • We can represent customers anywhere in the United States.
  • Forbes, the New York Post, the Daily News, and other publications have featured our company.

How Can Our New York Workplace Retaliation Lawyers Assist You?

No one should be punished for doing what is right. If you have been terminated or are being punished by your employer, you might have a legitimate wrongful termination claim or workplace retaliation claim. Call 212-967-3000 or contact us online to schedule a free case evaluation with a New York workplace retaliation attorney.

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The earlier you begin your employment legal case, the better. Losing track of time and important details might have a direct influence on your case. Contact our NYC workplace retaliation attorneys at Levine & Blit immediately to take the first step in filing a claim.

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