Stephen R. Hasner
Managing Partner at Hasner Law PC
May 26, 2024

Experiencing retaliation from your employer can be a distressing and disheartening experience, often leaving employees feeling vulnerable and uncertain about their future in the workplace. Employer retaliation occurs when an employer takes adverse actions against an employee in response to their exercise of protected rights, such as reporting discrimination, harassment, or unsafe working conditions. These retaliatory behaviors can come in various forms, ranging from subtle acts of exclusion and isolation to more overt actions like demotions, terminations, or threats. Regardless of the method, the impact of employer retaliation can be profoundly negative, affecting not only the targeted employee’s career and livelihood but also their mental and emotional well-being.

At Hasner Law, we understand the detrimental effects of employer retaliation on employees and their families. That’s why we’re committed to advocating for workers’ rights and holding employers accountable for their unlawful actions. Our experienced attorneys have over 100 years of combined experience in advocating for employees facing retaliation and discrimination. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and learn how we can help you fight back against employer retaliation and secure the fair treatment and benefits you deserve.

What Are Signs of Employer Retaliation?

Recognizing these signs of employer retaliation is the first step toward protecting your rights and taking appropriate action. If you believe you’re experiencing retaliation in the workplace, it’s essential to document any relevant incidents and seek guidance from an experienced employment law attorney. They can help you understand your rights, assess your options, and take steps to hold your employer accountable for their actions. Remember, you have the right to speak up about workplace issues without fear of retaliation, and legal protections are in place to safeguard those rights. Here are some key signs to watch out for:

Negative Changes in Treatment

If you notice a sudden shift in how you’re treated at work after engaging in protected activities such as filing a complaint or reporting illegal behavior, it could be a sign of retaliation. This might include receiving unfavorable performance reviews, being passed over for promotions or raises, or facing unwarranted disciplinary action.

Isolation or Ostracism

Retaliation can take the form of social exclusion or isolation from coworkers and management. Your employer might attempt to marginalize you by excluding you from meetings, team activities, or important communications. This can create a hostile work environment and make it difficult for you to perform your job effectively.

Demotion or Reassignment

If you’re suddenly demoted or reassigned to less desirable tasks or shifts without a valid reason, it could be a form of retaliation. Employers may use these tactics to punish employees for speaking up about workplace issues or exercising their legal rights.

Unexplained Termination

Perhaps the most obvious form of retaliation is being fired or laid off shortly after engaging in protected activities. Even if your employer provides a seemingly valid reason for termination, such as poor performance, it’s important to consider whether it might be a pretext for retaliation.

Threats or Intimidation

Retaliation can also manifest in overt threats or intimidation tactics designed to silence you or discourage you from pursuing legal action. This might include warnings about the consequences of speaking out, thinly veiled threats of termination, or harassment from supervisors or coworkers.

Contact Our Experienced Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Today

Experiencing employer retaliation can be emotionally draining and financially devastating for employees who find themselves targeted for exercising their rights. However, it’s essential to remember that you’re not alone in facing these challenges. 

Don’t let employer retaliation go unchecked. If you believe you’ve been subjected to retaliation in the workplace, reach out to Hasner Law today for a consultation. Our dedicated team is ready to fight for you and help you secure the fair treatment and benefits you deserve. Contact us today by completing our contact form or by calling (678) 928-8784.

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Stephen Hasner is the founder and managing partner of Hasner Law PC. Since being licensed in Florida in 1997 and in Georgia in 1999, Stephen has worked tirelessly to help Georgia residents navigate the legal process following a serious injury. This includes injuries sustained at work, in motor vehicle accidents, and in cases of personal injury. The team at Hasner Law is dedicated to securing compensation for their clients who have been injured through no fault of their own.