Understanding Workplace Retaliation

Many workers fear that filing a complaint will only make matters worse. While it is true that in some cases, a complaint can be an effective measure to resolve an isolated incident of discrimination or harassment, it is also true that some workplaces will retaliate against employees who dare to speak up.

How Employers Retaliate

Retaliation includes but is not limited to firing. A Colorado employer can retaliate against you in many ways without firing you. What constitutes retaliation?

  • Giving a negative performance review
  • Putting an employee on an improvement plan
  • Changing work hours
  • Changing job/position
  • Changing work location
  • Reducing hours of work
  • Demoting an employee
  • Denying a leave request
  • Excluding an employee from company events or meetings, etc.
  • Acting in hostile manner after the employee complaint

If you experience conduct that you believe to be retaliatory acts, it may be in your best interest to consult with an employment attorney before the retaliation becomes unbearable. We offer a free, no-risk, no commitment consultation at our Aurora office. Call 303-872-3063 to speak with an employment professional.

The Difference Between Unfair Treatment And Retaliation

There is a difference between actionable or illegal retaliation and unfair treatment.

  • Actionable/illegal treatment arises because the employee complained of discriminatory conduct based upon a protected status such as age, gender, race, disability, religion or national origin.
  • Unfair treatment does not rest upon complaints about a protected status.

One of the most important things you should know about retaliation is that its impact can be life-changing. Retaliation happens more than you might think. This negative and threatening behavior will likely continue if not promptly addressed.

What To Do If You Experience Retaliation

If you believe your employer has retaliated against you, but you are unsure, call our office for a free consultation with a lawyer. We will explain your rights in clear, easy to understand language and advise you on your next best step given your situation.

At Robinson & Associates Law Office, LLC, we will fight for your rights every step of the way. Call for a free consultation: 303-872-3063. You can also complete our online contact form. Our lawyers are focused on employment law. Located in Aurora, we serve the entire Denver metro area.