Employer Retaliation

Employer Retaliation

Seek Justice With an MSB Workplace Retaliation Attorney

Whether you or someone close to you has been subjected to workplace retaliation, it’s vital that you seek expert legal guidance immediately. Workplace retaliation cases can be challenging to navigate, especially for those not familiar with the legal system or employment law. Unfair treatment and illegal activity that affects the terms and conditions of employment should be stopped in the workplace, and the experienced workplace retaliation attorneys at MSB Employment Justice are here for you. If you are ready to take action against unfair actions, we encourage you to contact us today to schedule a free case evaluation.

Minnesota Employer Retaliation Attorneys

Protecting Employees in Employer Retaliation Cases

If you take a stand and make a report of discrimination, sexual harassment or other unlawful workplace activity, you are legally protected from the employer treating you unfairly, inappropriately or harassing you while employed by them or terminating your employment. If an employer engages in this type of behavior, it is called employer retaliation and it is illegal. For instance, if you file a complaint against your employer for discrimination, and then your manager demotes or transfers you to a different department or work location, that is an example of employer retaliation. One of the most serious examples of employer retaliation is when the business or company fires the employee who has filed a complaint. It is against the law to retaliate against an employee who speaks out or alerts others to wrongful behavior in the workplace.

It may be surprising to learn how common employer retaliation lawsuits are. These types of lawsuits are not just limited to small, independent companies; even global organizations have been accused of abusing their power and retaliating against employees who cite wrongdoing. If you think you may be a victim of employer retaliation, read our blog How Do Employment Lawyers Evaluate Workplace Retaliation Cases?

If you are being harassed or treated unfairly by your employer for speaking out against them for unlawful workplace practices, you do not have to go through this by yourself. The experienced legal team at MSB Justice specializes in employment law in Minnesota. We have worked with hundreds of clients and helped them successfully navigate the legal system regarding employment law. We are experts in employment law and can help you with your case against your employer for employer retaliation. We will fight for your rights and be with you every step of the way on your legal journey. At MSB Justice, we do not want you to suffer alone in silence. Reach out to us today for a free consultation.

Employer Retaliation: Understanding Your Rights

When you file a job discrimination claim, you are legally protected from the company or business you bring the claim against for treating you unfairly. A company may aggressively try to defend itself in discrimination lawsuits, which sometimes means trying to “get rid of” the employee by demoting, moving or firing them. Or, they may make it so unpleasant or toxic at work that the employee chooses to leave on their own, however, we encourage employees to consult with us before leaving their employer. Regardless, it is illegal for a company to treat an employee unfairly for filing a claim related to the company’s unlawful behaviors. You have rights as an employee, and if you feel your company is mistreating you because you have “blown the whistle” on them, you can take legal action.

Employees in Minnesota and the country have certain inalienable rights protected under the law. The Minnesota Human Rights Act and the Minnesota Whistleblower Act. The Minnesota Human Rights Act protects employees based on any of these attributes:

  • Race
  • Color
  • Creed
  • Religion
  • National origin
  • Gender
  • Marital status
  • Disability
  • Public assistance
  • Age
  • Sexual identity
  • Gender identity
  • Familial status

Examples of Employer Retaliation

There are many scenarios of employer retaliation, from blatant harassment after reporting discrimination in the workplace to “job changes” like a demotion or termination. If you think you have been a victim of employer retaliation, the time to act is now. The litigation attorneys at MSB will work with you on a one-to-one basis to help you determine if legal action is appropriate. Here are a few examples of employer retaliation:

  • Working at a large company: you report discriminatory behavior of a coworker, and a few weeks later, your position is terminated
  • Working at a factory or warehouse: you demand pay for overtime, and your company refuses, so you report your company. Not long after, you receive a bad performance review and are put on work “probation”
  • Working at a restaurant: you report a health code violation and the next week, your hours are cut
  • Working at a senior living facility: you report patient abuse, and soon after, you are asked to work at a sister facility over an hour away

While these are just a few hypothetical examples, many other types of employer retaliation exist. Timing is crucial, so call us today if you have experienced any of the above or believe you are being discriminated against for reporting violations or wrongdoings at work. For more information about employer retaliation cases, read our blog in Justice News called What Are Minnesota’s Workplace Retaliation Laws?

Working with MSB Employment Justice

At MSB Justice, we are your partner in employment law justice. We work with each client individually based on their circumstances and situation, and we understand that no two people and no two cases are alike.

We typically work on a contingency fee basis, which means no out-of-pocket costs to get started on your case. We will carefully listen to your situation, and once we gather relevant facts, we will work with you to come up with an appropriate legal plan.

The qualified and experienced attorneys at MSB Justice are here to help you make a well-developed case against your employer. We believe in employers being held accountable for their actions, especially when they break the law.

Our experienced attorneys, Chris Moreland,  Ross Stadheim and Amy Boyle, handle employment-related cases, including workplace discrimination, wrongful termination, whistleblower cases, sexual harassment and assault, gender discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, severance agreements and employer discrimination investigation.

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