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Employer Retaliation

Birmingham Employer Retaliation Attorneys Fight to Protect Complaining Employees

Alabama labor lawyers safeguard workers’ rights to object to employment discrimination

Federal law makes it illegal for your employer to discriminate against you or sexually harass you, but those rights would be meaningless if your employer could retaliate against you with impunity for complaining. If you believe that anyone at your company has taken adverse actions against you for making a complaint of illegal workplace practices, the dedicated employment attorneys at Sanford Law Firm in Birmingham are ready to fight to stop the retaliation and get you compensated for any damages you may have suffered as a result.

Knowledgeable attorneys counsel employees on their protected activities and employer retaliation

The Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Act protects employees from sexual harassment as well as discrimination based on race, gender, disability, age, religion and certain other characteristics. The law also prohibits retaliation against employees for engaging in certain “protected activities” related to its enforcement. These include:

  • Filing or participating in an EEO investigation or case
  • Discussing discrimination or harassment with a manager or supervisor
  • Requesting that your employer accommodate a disability or religious requirement
  • Refusing to follow orders that would result in discrimination
  • Resisting sexual advances
  • Protecting others from unwanted sexual advances
  • Asking managers or co-workers for salary information to investigate the possibility of wage discrimination
  • Otherwise opposing discrimination or harassment

Retaliation is any adverse action taken for the purpose of punishing you for engaging in protected activity, including:

  • Reprimanding you without a valid reason
  • Verbally or physically abusing you
  • Defaming you
  • Giving you a poorer job evaluation than you deserve
  • Increasing scrutiny of your job performance without good cause
  • Reporting you to the authorities, or threatening to do so
  • Making your job more difficult

If you suspect that your employer is retaliating against you for engaging in protected activities, our employment lawyers will review the facts of your situation and advise you if you have a legal claim.

Determined employee advocates prosecute retaliation charges on behalf of their clients

If you do have a case for retaliation, we are ready to push promptly for a resolution in your favor. After investigating the facts and assembling evidence, we make a demand that the employer cease all adverse actions and compensate you for any damages suffered as a result. If your employer is unwilling to comply, we will file charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The standard of proof is that it is more likely than not that any adverse job action was motivated by retaliation. This can be shown by evidence of:

  • Suspiciously close timing between the protected activity and the adverse action
  • Verbal or written statements that indicate retaliation
  • False reasons given for taking the adverse actions

We will present the strongest case that is supported by the facts and evidence and will vigorously contest your employer’s defenses.

Can a co-worker be liable for retaliation?

Retaliation can include adverse actions taken by workers outside of management. For instance, if a woman accuses a male co-worker of sexual harassment, and he or another co-worker defames her or makes her job more difficult, that constitutes retaliation. Furthermore, if management doesn’t stop the adverse actions, it may also be liable. We are ready to bring a case against anyone in the organization who engages in retaliation or who allows it to continue.

Contact a skillful Alabama lawyer about your unpaid wage or overtime issue

Sanford Law Firm handles all types of claims where Alabama employees face discrimination, workplace harassment or retaliation. Please call 205-675-0726 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our office on Richard Arrington Jr. Boulevard North in Birmingham.

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