Workplace retaliation takes many forms—from supervisors making nasty comments to cutting an employee’s hours to giving the employee an unjustified bad evaluation. These are just a few common forms of retaliation that a worker may be forced to endure. Workplace retaliation is unlawful. If you have made a complaint to your employer about an issue such as harassment or discrimination and are experiencing retaliation, you need professional legal representation.
At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens workplace retaliation lawyers are skilled, aggressive advocates for our clients. Protecting workplace rights is all that we do. If you or your loved one was the victim of retaliation, our legal team is here to help. To set up a strictly confidential case evaluation with an experienced New York employment retaliation lawyer, please call our Queens law office today.
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Sometimes these “Jekyll and Hyde” switches occur because a superior learned something about a subordinate that then caused him or her to have a negative bias, like the employee was of a certain religion or sexual orientation. Sometimes the reason is more obvious, like a bias against people of a certain race, being male or female, a woman becoming pregnant or people with disabilities.
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Workplace Retaliation: What You Need to Know
Employees have the right to raise complaints, report misconduct, or otherwise exercise their right in the workplace to complain about discriminatory treatment without the fear of facing punishment from their supervisor or employer. Employers are forbidden from retaliation. As defined by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity.
In other words, employers cannot take adverse employment action against an employee—a bad performance review, workplace harassment, demotion, loss of pay, loss of benefits, loss of opportunities, termination, etc.―simply because that person engaged in a protected activity. If you filed a complaint of discrimination or harassment or reported misconduct and your employer punished you for you doing so, your rights have been violated. You should consult with a New York employment retaliation lawyer right away.
We Handle the Full Range of Retaliation Claims in New York
Retaliation comes in a wide range of different forms. One of the most important things to know is that companies and organizations cannot punish you for exercising any of your labor/employment rights under either state law or federal law. At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our top-rated Queens and Long Island employment lawyers handle the full range of workplace retaliation claims. State and federal laws protect your right to make a complaint to your employer regarding issues such as:
Retaliation May Be Concealed
With Pretextual Reasoning
Although it does still occur in some cases, most employers do not openly admit to “retaliating” against employees. Instead, a New York employer may attempt to cover up their illegal reason for punishing a worker with a pretextual (dubious) reason.
Put another way, an employer may falsely claim to be taking adverse action against an employee for a legal, justified reason instead of in retaliation. This can make these claims more complicated. To ensure that your rights are protected, it is crucial that all suspected retaliation is comprehensively investigated by an experienced workplace retaliation lawyer in Queens. The sooner your lawyer investigates your case, the more likely you will be able to get access to the evidence you need to prove retaliation.
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Why Work With Our Queens Retaliation in the Workplace Attorneys
If a complaint that you make to your employer triggers some form of retaliation, you may have a valid claim. We will advise you on the appropriate next steps. Employers often choose to retaliate against an employee who makes a complaint because they believe retaliation will intimidate and silence that employee and other employees. More specifically, our New York workplace retaliation lawyers are prepared to:
- Conduct an in-depth, confidential review of your retaliation claim;
- Answer your questions and advise you of your options;
- Investigate the matter—gathering all relevant documents, records, and evidence needed to prove retaliation;
- Help you assess options for settlement; and
- Take the appropriate legal action to protect your rights and interests.
When employees are too afraid to speak out, problems like discrimination and harassment persist and can worsen. By pursuing legal action against your employer, we not only work to recover any and all damages available to you under the law, including punitive damages, we also send a message to employers that retaliation is not acceptable. By enforcing your rights, we help protect the rights of others. We are prepared to take your retaliation claim as far as it needs to go to protect your rights. While many employment lawsuits can be settled, our trial-tested New York lawyers are always ready for court.
Call Our Queens Workplace Retaliation Attorneys for Immediate Assistance
At Ricotta & Marks, P.C., our Queens workplace retaliation lawyers are strong, experienced advocates for our clients. If you feel you have been retaliated against in the workplace, you need to take immediate action to protect your rights. Contact us today at 800-240-9269 for a confidential, no commitment initial consultation. We respond promptly to phone calls and provide our clients with personalized service. Our Queens office is convenient to several subway stops and our Long Island office has parking.