A recent report reveals that a record number of employment discrimination
cases based on “unlawful retaliation” were filed last year.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), more
than 38,000 charges of retaliation were filed by workers in 2013. Over
the last decade, the number of retaliation claims has steadily risen.
In fact, it ranks as the most commonly reported form of workplace discrimination
– overtaking race discrimination.
What is retaliation?
“Unlawful retaliation” includes a broad range of activities
and generally constitutes any negative employment action that employers
take in response to workers complaining about race, age, gender or any
other type of work place discrimination. Retaliatory actions include not
hiring, firing, failing to promote and demoting employees. It also may
include more subtle practices such as giving a worker less desirable shifts
and transfers to inconvenient locations. The Supreme Court has defined
retaliation broadly as “any action that is designed to deter a worker
from complaining about employment discrimination, or acting as a witness
in a co-employee’s claim of discrimination.” Further in certain
situations, third parties may bring retaliation actions. For example,
the court recently held that a man could sue for retaliation after he
was fired following his fiancé’s accusation of sex discrimination
against their mutual employer.
If you have questions about retaliation, or believe that you may have been
subjected to unlawful retaliation at work, we urge you to consult with
Atlanta unlawful retaliation attorney immediately to determine your next steps.
Legal experts believe that the rise in retaliation claims is due to the
fact that employee’s attitudes about workplace discrimination may
be evolving, and that workers are more aware of their rights.
For more information or if you believe you have been retaliated at work,
contact the dedicated
Georgia employee’s rights attorneys at the Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.