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Retaliation

Worcester Workplace Retaliation Attorney Fighting for Your Rights throughout Massachusetts

retaliationAll too often, employees get punished for doing the right thing.  You reported harassment or discrimination occurring in the workplace and slowly, over time, you noticed that your job duties changed, or you didn’t get a bonus, or you were fired.  If this sounds familiar, you may have been illegally retaliated against.  Our Worcester workplace retaliation attorneys at MA Employment Lawyers have successfully litigated all types of retaliation cases, including ones involving whistle-blowers, complaints of workplace harassment, complaints of workplace discrimination, and complaints of workplace wage violations.  If you think you have been retaliated against, call us today for a free consultation.

Retaliation for Engaging in Protected Activities

Massachusetts law and federal legislation protect you against retaliation by your employer in response to engaging in protected conduct. The following are some of the protected activities:

  •       Wage and hour complaints: You have the right to be fairly compensated for the work you perform and to file claims in the event that your employer fails to pay the minimum hourly wage, fails to comply with state and federal laws pertaining to overtime pay, or fails to comply with wage and hour requirements. It is unlawful for your employer to take action against you in retaliation for filing a complaint, including termination, demotion, salary reduction, or other adverse action.
  •       Workplace harassment or discrimination complaints: Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits employers from retaliating against you for filing a complaint or cooperating as a witness in a complaint filed by a coworker.
  •       Whistle-blower protection: If you decide to speak out about an unlawful or unethical practice at your place of employment, Massachusetts law protects you against retaliation if you are a public employee while federal law provides protect for those employed in the private sector.

Other protected activities include those in connection with a labor union, complaining about age discrimination, and exercising rights granted under the Family & Medical Leave Act or the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Forms of Workplace Retaliation

Retaliation can be subtle and difficult to identify. If you believe you are the target of retaliation for engaging in a lawfully protected activity, one of our workplace retaliation attorneys can review the facts and advise you of your rights.

Forms of retaliation include the following:

  •       Termination
  •       Demotion
  •       Reduction in salary or benefits
  •       Disciplinary action
  •       Poor performance reviews
  •       Reassignment
  •       Shift changes
  •       Curtailed hours

It takes an experienced employment law attorney to distinguish prohibited retaliation giving rise to a cause of action for damages from activities that may not be unlawful. Your attorney investigates and analyzes the facts and circumstances to determine if the action taken against you had an adverse effect, such as a reduction in your earnings or a less desirable work location. If it does, then your lawyer looks at the action taken by your employer to determine if there is a link between it and the protected activity in which you engaged.

Contact Us Today

If you believe your employer is retaliating against you, our Worcester workplace retaliation attorney can help you. Call MA Employment Lawyers at 1-508-753-3333 to schedule a free consultation.