San Angelo, TX – A common reason why victims of sexual harassment do not report incidents is out of fear of retaliation from their employer or other employees. Retaliation for asserting any protected right is illegal, and there will be consequences and additional lawsuits against any employer who engages in this kind of behavior. It is imperative that anyone who has experienced either retaliation, harassment, or both get legal assistance to decide on a course of action and receive protection.
What is workplace retaliation?
Retaliation tends to include various forms of negative reinforcement or actions taken against an employee who has asserted their rights through lawsuits or other means. A worker may find that they are suddenly demoted, moved to a different position, lose pay, receive negative performance reviews, are mistreated by their supervisors, or experience other problems because of their prior actions. In some cases, the employer may make explicit threats against the victim and be very clear in their intentions to retaliate.
Regardless of the employer’s reasoning for the retaliatory actions or the result of the employee’s actions, this is always illegal.
How does retaliation happen after harassment?
In most examples of workplace retaliation, this happens because the victim had previously reported their boss or others for illegal harassment. The employer may be upset about having to invest time and resources to comply with an employment commission, requests for evidence, interviews, and other aspects of lawsuits and investigations that happen after a worker has alleged sexual harassment happened. The victim may find that they experience a sudden job loss, their workplace has become hostile and unbearable, or other sudden changes afterward.
Does an initial complaint need to be successful to protect the worker from retaliation?
Even if there is insufficient evidence to take action after any employee reports harassment, the employer still cannot retaliate. Legal protections from retaliation are not contingent on whether the victim was successful in their underlying claim.
What should a victim of retaliation do?
The worker should take note of the time and place of the incidents of retaliation and try to get legal help immediately. Any evidence that may be relevant should be collected. An attorney can file a case against the employer, and the worker may be entitled to various forms of compensation or related expenses associated with finding new employment elsewhere.
Sexual harassment lawyers in Texas
Moore and Associates is a labor and employment law firm that works with clients in San Angelo and other cities in Texas. Anyone who is experiencing workplace problems related to unpaid wages, sexual harassment, or discrimination can schedule a meeting to speak with their attorneys.
Firm contact info:
440 Louisiana Street, Suite 675, Houston, TX 77002