Helping Employees That Are Victims Of Retaliation
Most employees believe that employment retaliation occurs when they are terminated from their employment for no reason. This may be true, but it is only part of the story. Employment retaliation occurs when a “tangible employment action” is taken against someone in a “protected class.”
A tangible employment action has been defined as a material change in terms, conditions, or privileges of employment. Tangible employment action has also been defined as submission to unwelcomed advances when they have become an express or implied condition for receiving a job benefit or avoiding a job determinant. Some examples of tangible employment actions are: hiring, firing, demotion, failure to promote, change in pay, reassignment with significantly different responsibilities, and a decision causing significant change in employment benefits.
Protected classes can arise from a constitutional provision, a statutory provision, county ordinance or contractual provision. Some examples of protected classes are an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, marital status, disability, or handicap. There are many more protected classes. Furthermore, many employment-based statutes have anti-retaliation provisions that protected employees who seek to enforce their rights by complaining.
If an employer has taken a tangible employment action against you and you are someone in a protected class, you may be entitled to damages. Such damages can include back pay, front pay, compensatory damages, pain and suffering damages, punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs.
Contact Our Experienced Orlando Retaliation Attorneys
If you believe you have experienced retaliation by your employer, please contact the employment attorneys at LaBar & Adams, P.A. in Orlando at 407-835-8968 or fill out the online form located on our website.