Atlanta Retaliation Attorney
There are specific actions that an employee is entitled to take that are protected by law. For example, if you believe you or someone else is being discriminated against and you report it, it is illegal for your employer to retaliate against you for making that report. Unfortunately, discrimination and retaliation still occur. Many employers think they’re above the law and believe they can get away with it, or they simply don’t care. This behavior is entirely unacceptable. At Williams Oinonen LLC, we understand how important your job is and how stressful it can be when you’re treated unfairly and unlawfully. We are always here to help. Contact an Atlanta retaliation attorney today for a consultation by filling out our online form or calling (404) 654-0288.
Why Choose Williams Oinonen LLC
If you work for an employer who is willing to retaliate against you, it’s likely that they’ll go to great lengths to ensure that they get whatever they want and they will probably try to make your life at work very difficult. If you speak to them without an attorney, they will continue to mistreat you and try to take advantage of you. Most employers won’t come right out and say that they are discriminating or retaliating against you, so these types of cases can be somewhat difficult to prove. However, an experienced employment attorney will help you gather evidence of retaliation, make sure your employer is held accountable, and ensure that you get the justice you deserve.
What Is Retaliation?
Retaliation occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against you as a result of your engagement in a protected activity. Examples of protected activities include the following:
- Requesting a leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Making a complaint to your employer or other authority regarding discrimination or harassment in the workplace
- Reporting illegal activity
- Refusing to do something illegal that your employer has requested
- Participating in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) proceeding against your employer
- Filing an EEOC claim against your employer
What Is an Adverse Employment Action?
An adverse employment action is defined as an action that would dissuade a reasonable employee from engaging in a protected activity. Some adverse employment actions are obvious, such as being demoted or fired, and some are more subtle. Some common examples of less obvious adverse employment actions include the following:
- Loss of hours
- Schedule or shift change
- Being excluded from staff meetings and decision-making processes
- Unwarranted negative performance reviews
- Threatening behavior
While in some circumstances, all of the above actions might be warranted, if they’re the result of your engagement in a protected activity and are used as a way to punish you or make your time at work more difficult, it’s likely considered retaliation and is illegal.
The Atlanta Retaliation Attorneys at Williams Oinonen LLC Can Help
We understand the stress of dealing with an employer who is acting illegally and unfairly. We are here to make sure we do everything in our power to ensure that you are treated appropriately. As a small boutique law firm, we have the ability to treat all of our clients with the care and dedication that they deserve. We will always keep you updated about the status of your case, and you will never have to worry about getting in touch with us. We are always here for you. Contact an Atlanta retaliation attorney today for a consultation by filling out our online form or calling (404) 654-0288.