Retaliation is any action taken by an employer to punish or “get back at” an employee who reports illegal or discriminatory conduct or brings or participates in legal actions against the employer. Like discrimination, retaliation is illegal under federal employment law. Virtually all rights granted to employees under federal statutes are also protected from the threat of employer retaliation by laws and agencies such as:
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
- Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX)
- Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- First Amendment to the US Constitution
According to numbers released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), employer retaliation is a very serious issue. In fact, in fiscal year 2006, almost a third of all complaints received by the EEOC involved some sort of retaliation. Unfortunately, proving a retaliation claim in court is not always easy; it can be difficult to prove that an employer’s actions against an employee were retaliatory, and not made on some other, legal basis. The assistance of an experienced Austin employment lawyer is key to the success of your retaliation case.
Austin Employer Retaliation Lawyer
There are many reasons why employers choose to target their employees for illegal retaliation. An employer might be seeking revenge against an employee who damaged the company’s finances or reputation by reporting shoddy or illegal practices. In other situations, an employer may attempt to prevent employees from claiming the workers’ compensation or overtime benefits to which they are entitled.
Whatever the circumstances, Austin workplace retaliation lawyerÂ Andrew Traub has the experience to handle retaliation cases involving:
- Age Discrimination
- Race Discrimination
- National Origin Discrimination
- Gender Discrimination
- Disability Discrimination
- Whistleblower Retaliation
- Workers Comp Retaliation
- Refusing to Perform an Illegal Act
- Nursing Homes
- Hospital Workers
If your employer has retaliated against you for exercising the rights and benefits given to you by the law, you should take immediate action to prevent further damage to your job status and personal reputation. Contact Austin workplace retaliation lawyerÂ Andrew Traub to learn more about how your case can be successfully resolved.