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In employment law, retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee or former employee for taking action against them. The employee may file a complaint for workplace discrimination, harassment, or fraud. Such action could be taken due to discrimination, harassment, or fraud in the workplace. Retaliation can occur when an employer demotes or terminates an employee, changes their schedule, reduces their pay, or even transfers them to another location.
If you have been a victim of workplace retaliation, we understand your frustration. Our experienced Kansas City retaliation attorney at Hollis Law Firm may be able to provide the high-quality representation you deserve and help you stand up against your employer.
Retaliation and the Law in Kansas City
In Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas, an employer cannot lawfully terminate the employment of or retaliate against an employee in any manner after the employee has reported certain violations. Employees should be able to work in a safe and non-hostile work environment without the fear of being discriminated against or harassed.
If you have spoken up about discrimination or harassment in your workplace and are now experiencing retaliation from your employer, an employment law attorney may be able to help you file a claim against your employer.
Types of Retaliation in Kansas City
If an employer reacts negatively to you speaking up against discrimination or harassment in the workplace, you can file a lawsuit against the employer. Sometimes, retaliation can be subtle and hard to prove, but it’s important to know what actions indicate retaliation, so you notice it immediately. Common types of retaliation include the following:
- Lowering salary or wages
- Loss of benefits
- Making threats
- Failing to promote
- Forced resignation
As an employee, you never know how your employer will react after you make a harassment or discrimination claim against them. It is essential to document any situations that may be retaliation and contact an experienced retaliation attorney in Kansas City to help you navigate your case.
What Claims Are Protected from Retaliation in Kansas City?
If you report certain violations or behaviors that your employer has exhibited, your employer legally cannot fire you for reporting such information.
Your employer cannot retaliate against you for making the following claims:
Under federal law, an employer cannot mistreat an employee when they take a leave of absence under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
After an employee has reported fraud in their workplace, an employer may retaliate. Such prohibited retaliation may include firing the employee, penalizing the employee financially, or subtlety excluding the employee from events or meetings.
Reporting Harassment and Discrimination
Employees have a protected legal right to voice their experiences of harassment in the workplace. An employer retaliates against an employee when they treat the employee adversely after making such reports.
Taking Medical Leave
Employees are entitled to take medical leave, and it is against the law for employers to treat employees adversely due to their medical leave.
If you believe that you have been subjected to employer retaliation, you should consult with an experienced Kansas City retaliation attorney. An attorney may be able to help you seek justice.
What Should I Do After Experiencing Workplace Retaliation?
After experiencing retaliation from your employer, it can be challenging to figure out what to do next. We are here to help you determine the best course of action and how to proceed after your employer reacted negatively to your complaint. Steps you can take after workplace retaliation include the following:
Write Down Your Experience
One of the best ways to document your experience with employer retaliation is keeping a journal of your employer’s behavior. This allows you to capture crucial details in the moment instead of relying on memory. It’s also important to keep a log of any potential evidence, like emails or messages, which could be useful for your claim and demonstrating retaliatory behavior.
Report the Issue to Human Resources or a Supervisor
If your employer appears to be retaliating against you through a demotion or other behavior, you may want to speak with a higher-ranking supervisor or human resources to get more information. Perhaps your employer has an explanation for their actions. If they cannot seem to explain their behavior, it could imply workplace retaliation.
Your employer may also have company rules about retaliation and how you should report it. You should ensure you follow these policies when you report the issue to avoid further conflict.
Contact a Workplace Retaliation Lawyer
Filing a claim and pursuing legal action against your employer is not easy to navigate. Our employment lawyer is prepared to listen to your experience and help you in the following ways:
- Conducting a detailed investigation of your case
- Gathering information and evidence like contracts, agreements, and statements
- Answering all your legal questions
- Filing your claim correctly and within the statute of limitations
- Negotiating for fair compensation
- Taking your case to court if necessary
- Using valuable resources to build a strong case
Managing all these aspects of your claim alone could be stressful. Our attorney has the skills and knowledge to handle your claim, fight for your rights, and hold your employer accountable while reducing your stress.
Consult an Experienced Workplace Retaliation Lawyer in Kansas City at Hollis Law Firm
We understand how challenging it can be to experience employer retaliation and seek justice and fair compensation. In this case, you deserve a top-notch, professional lawyer by your side to advocate for your rights.
At the Hollis Law Firm, we take pride in investigating all the details behind every case, and our attorneys are here to answer any questions you may have. Our employment lawyer has over 15 years of experience providing reliable representation for all types of employment law cases, including retaliation claims. For a free, confidential consultation fill out our contact form or call us at (800) 701-3672.
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