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Unfortunately, sometimes, when an employee files a complaint against their employer for discrimination or unlawful practice, the employer retaliates against that individual. According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, retaliation occurs when an employer takes an adverse employment action against a covered person involved in a protected activity. An adverse action could include the following:
- Disciplinary measures
- Demotion or reassignment
- Refusing to hire
- Denying rightful promotion
- Unfair evaluations
- Increased observation
If any of these adverse employment actions are committed against you after you engaged in protected activity like filing a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or opposing discrimination or harassment through company-provided reporting channels, you need to report retaliation to take action to protect your rights by reporting the retaliation to an appropriate government agency or your attorney. The attorneys at Michel | King have helped hundreds of employees through this process.
Call Michel | King today at (205) 265-1880 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our employment retaliation attorney in Birmingham!
How to Prove Retaliation
Several elements must be shown to prove employer retaliation.
- Make your employer aware that you feel harassed or discriminated against.
- Prove that your employer took adverse action against you.
- Prove that there was a connection between the adverse action and the protected activity.
If you experienced unlawful conduct, it is essential to report the misconduct by your employer and that your employer is aware that you did it. You can show that an employer acted adversely against you in many ways. This can be a demotion, reduced hours, reduced wages, termination, or several other adverse employment actions after you reported unlawful conduct.
You can prove the connection between adverse actions using direct or circumstantial evidence. Direct evidence would be statements such as emails, letters, or verbal conversations that confirm your employer's wrongful action. If you have direct evidence of retaliation, ensure you protect that information at all costs. Circumstantial evidence documents the timing of your employer's actions. If your employer retaliated soon after you engaged in protected activity, this can be used as circumstantial evidence to prove your employer retaliated against you. You might also show that an employer has a history of retaliating against other employees who pursued a protected activity.
It is important to note that retaliation is tough to prove that your employer has a legitimate reason for their adverse action. Reasons could include absence, low performance, or other abuses.
Contact Our Birmingham Employment Retaliation Attorney Today
Our Birmingham employer retaliation lawyers at Michel | King can give legal counsel whenever you need it. If you have been a victim of employer retaliation, contact us immediately. We are committed to passionately defending our clients against any unfair employer treatment. Take advantage of our free, confidential case evaluation that we offer to clients interested in learning more about our legal services. You can expect to work one-on-one with a licensed attorney at our firm.
Contact Michel | King today to schedule a case evaluation with our employment retaliation lawyer in Birmingham!