Watkins & Letofsky, LLP
Call For A Free Consultation
866-439-1295

What employers should know about retaliation claims

As we have noted in prior posts, allegations of discrimination can be tough to deal with. They can have a profound effect on an office's culture and produce a chilling effect on creativity. Discrimination claims can also lead to costly lawsuits and judgments, which can ultimately cripple a business.

Discrimination comes in many forms, but the one that employers should pay close attention to are retaliation claims. Essentially, federal law prohibits employers from firing, harassing, demoting or otherwise retaliating against employees who file a discrimination claim, or participate in an investigation regarding discrimination. 

For employers, knowing what discrimination entails is critical because what may begin as an unsubstantiated claim of discrimination may lead to an actionable claim because a manager or supervisor may seek to avenge the original discrimination charge; sometimes in order to teach an insubordinate employee "a lesson."

Indeed, some managers who have not have sufficient training may believe that they are entitled to "punish" an employee for making allegations that are later proven to be false. While this may seem like an appropriate response, the law is quite the opposite. As we alluded to earlier, the possibility of being terminated can be a powerful influence in discouraging employees from bringing discrimination claims, even though they are actually being treated unfairly.

Because of how serious retaliation claims can be, it is important to discuss the fate of an employee with an experienced employment law attorney so that termination (or the events leading to it) can be properly documented. 

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us For A Response

Contact Watkins & Letofsky, LLP For more information about our practice, please contact us online
or by phone at 866-439-1295

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close

Privacy Policy

Watkins & Letofsky, LLP

Santa Ana Office
2900 S Harbor Boulevard., Suite 240
Santa Ana, CA 92704-6418

Toll Free: 866-439-1295
Fax: 949-476-9407
Santa Ana Law Office Map

Las Vegas Office
8215 S. Eastern Avenue
Suite 265
Las Vegas, NV 89123

Toll Free: 866-439-1295
Fax: 702-974-1297
Map & Directions

Review Us