The various types of workplace retaliation

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Posted by Legal Team On February 15, 2019

Retaliation in the workplace is illegal but it still happens today in businesses all throughout San Francisco, the rest of California and the rest of the country. There are various ways you can face retaliation at work and for various reasons. We will take a look at a few of those retaliation types in today’s post so you know what to look for on the job.

In many cases, an employee faces retaliation because they acted as a whistleblower. Whistleblowers are protected by law from retaliation but it still happens. Many people blow the whistle on unethical practices, fraud, sexual harassment and other issues that are present in their workplace.

The most common form of retaliation in the workplace is demoting an employee after he or she speaks up about something unethical or illegal. Employees cannot be demoted, fired, suspended or otherwise punished for taking part in any type of protected conduct.

Harassment is another form of workplace retaliation. It often comes after an employee has taken part in some form of protected conduct. Harassment can include threats of violence, threats of demotion, changing the work conditions in the office to force the employee to quit, increased surveillance of the employee and more.

Retaliation can also occur after the employee has left their job. For example, an employee who took part in protected conduct is being refused a reference for a new job by their former employer due to their participation in said conduct.

If you believe you have been retaliated against at work for whatever reason, you need to speak with an attorney. Your rights are being violated and you could have a case for legal recourse against your employer for their actions.