Five Common Types of Workplace Retaliation

By Gregory Thyberg on July 07, 2021

An upset woman at a deskFederal employment laws make it illegal to demote, fire, or retaliate against an employee based on actions like complaining to higher authority about discrimination or sexual harassment. Unfortunately, retaliation still happens in the workplace. Retaliation cases are common and complex, which is why it’s important to hire an employment attorney like Gregory A. Thyberg in Sacramento, CA. A workplace harassment lawyer may be able to help you obtain compensation for retaliation.

Here, we take a closer look at the five common types of workplace retaliation.

1. Demotions or Termination of Employment Contract

Demotions or getting fired are forms of retaliation that may occur after you file a complaint against your supervisor, employer, or another employee. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EOCC) recognizes demotion as a form of retaliation so employees can pursue a retaliation claim and seek compensation for lost income. 

2. Exclusion from Important Workplace Activities

Some workplace retaliation victims are excluded from important workplace activities. Exclusions can leave you feeling unwanted in the workplace and causes you to lose out on networking opportunities. Exclusion takes many forms, including being left out of team activities, not being invited to meetings, and being overlooked during decision-making. 

3. Ignored for a Promotion or Pay Raise

Another common form of retaliation is being ignored for a promotion or pay raise after you filed a complaint. There are several signs that may indicate being ignored for a promotion or pay rise is retaliation. Most commonly, you won’t receive a valid reason from management when you inquire why you were passed over.

4. Managerial Abuse

Verbal abuse, threats, and negative remarks shouldn’t be a part of any workplace culture, even if you have filed a complaint against a boss or supervisor. Whether you are subject to a direct threat by your bosses or the use of derogatory terms when being addressed, you should not ignore this type of abuse. If you have reason to believe you're facing managerial abuse and workplace retaliation, you may want to seek legal advice from a qualified workplace harassment lawyer.

5. Intimidation from Supervisors or Co-Workers

This type of retaliation can take many forms, and it generally involves aggressive treatment. From being ignored, receiving verbal abuse, or getting harsher disciplinary actions, this type of retaliation can provide a strong basis for filing a retaliation claim.

Contact Workplace Harassment Lawyer Gregory A. Thyberg

Have you experienced any of these five common types of workplace retaliation after making a complaint against your fellow employees, supervisors, or employers? You do not deserve to work under hostile conditions because you filed a complaint against your bosses.

In addition to retaliation claims, our attorney handles all types of employment law claims, including workplace discrimination, wage and hour claims, wrongful termination, sexual harassment, and more.

If you want to know if your case has a basis for legal action, contact workplace harassment lawyer Gregory A. Thyberg for professional guidance and assistance. You can send our team a message online or call us at (916) 204-9173 to schedule a consultation.

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