Employment discrimination can take many different forms. Often, sex discrimination
or race discrimination comes to mind when people think about what actions
are considered discrimination. However, several different types of actions
may be considered discriminatory. Recently, the Equal Employment Opportunity
Commission (EEOC) released its numbers concerning the top complaints of
According to the data, surprisingly claims of
retaliation top the list, followed by race, sex, disability and age discrimination.
Retaliation claims can exist where almost any type of discrimination is
alleged and includes those situations where an employer takes a negative
action against a worker for making a complaint. Title VII has specifically
made it illegal to retaliate against individuals who complain about discrimination
– even if the underlying discrimination isn’t proven. The
policy behind this law is to encourage workers to report unlawful conduct
and deter abuse. If you experience retaliation in the workplace, you are
entitled to the same remedies an s you would have in other discrimination
cases – including back pay and damages.
Retaliation includes any negative employment action you’re employer
make take against you – and isn’t limited to just those circumstances
where a worker is fired for making a complaint. It also includes negative
actions taken against a family member or friend in response to your complaint
about discrimination, or for participating as a witness in someone else’s
discrimination case. In fact, the U.S. Supreme Court has defined retaliation
quite broadly, to include any conduct by an employer that would tend to
deter reasonable people from pursuing their rights. Valid claims for retaliation
have been made where an in response to a complaint about discrimination,
an employer moves an employee to a less favorable shift, or transfers
a worker to a different location further from home.
Other forms of discrimination reported include national origin, religion,
color and claims of equal pay violations.
For more information or if you have believe you have suffered any form
of employment discrimination, please contact the experienced
Atlanta employment discrimination lawyers at The Buckley Law Firm, LLP for an immediate consultation.