There are many “protected activities” that may lead an employer to retaliate against an employee in violation of state or federal worker protection laws. Examples of protected actions against which retaliation is unlawful, but which nonetheless frequently trigger retaliation, include:
- Asking for reasonable accommodation for a disability.
- Asking for reasonable accommodation for a religious practice.
- Declining to participate in criminal, fraudulent, discriminatory, or otherwise prohibited practices in the workplace.
- Declining unwanted sexual advances, or otherwise resisting or reporting sexual harassment in the workplace, including intervening to help another co-worker who is being harassed.
- Speaking with co-workers or management concerning wages or salaries.
- Whistleblowing, which refers to reporting, raising concerns about, testifying about, or refusing to participate in unlawful or unethical practices in the workplace.
It is also unlawful to retaliate against employees based on their membership in a “protected class,” meaning a type of employee against whom discrimination is banned by law. For example, it would be unlawful to retaliate against an employee by cutting their pay or reducing their hours simply because the employer learns that the employee holds a religious belief with which they disagree. In addition to religion, which is alternately referred to as an employee’s “creed,” other examples of protected classes include classes based on age, race, gender, color, and national origin.
North Jersey Workplace Retaliation Attorneys Can Help You File a Claim or Lawsuit
Retaliating against employees who act within their legal rights is prohibited by numerous pieces of legislation. If you suspect that you were fired, demoted, denied a pay increase, assigned fewer hours, or otherwise retaliated against simply for exercising your rights, you should discuss your situation with an employment law attorney as soon as possible. Depending on the reasons for and nature of your employer’s actions, statements, or policies, various remedies may be available. For instance, you may be able to file a claim or lawsuit against your employer, which could result in the recovery of financial compensation.
However, it is critical that you are represented by a New Jersey retaliation attorney, as employers may use a variety of defenses to deny that retaliation occurred. Without the benefit of aggressive legal representation, it is extremely difficult for employees to prevail in retaliation claims against employers.
At the Law Offices of Usmaan Sleemi, we are proud to serve the workforce that makes New Jersey run. Our workplace retaliation lawyers for employees have repeatedly obtained favorable outcomes in challenging, complex cases involving small, mid-size, and large businesses. To confidentially discuss your potential claim in a free legal consultation, contact our law offices at (973) 453-4060 today.