First and foremost, employment retaliation is illegal under federal and Ohio laws. It happens when an employer penalizes an employee for engaging in “protected activity” such as: reporting unlawful conduct, opposing unlawful conduct, or participating in an investigation into reports of unlawful mistreatment. The law also prohibits retaliation against whistle blowers who go to the news media or law enforcement with information about corporate wrongdoing.
Regulations and court decisions on what constitutes employment discrimination identify the examples of prohibited retaliation:
Filing discrimination complaint, and acting to identify or end discrimination and harassment are defined as “protected activities” because every worker has the right to demand a safe, equitable, nonprejudiced, and nonbiased workplace. When a worker engages in protected activity, it is unlawful for his or her employer to take any retaliatory action. When retaliation does occur, the victim is entitled to seek damages to compensate the employee for his or her loss.
Most employment retaliation cases are conducted under rules enforced by the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable retaliation lawyer in Columbus, Ohio, will help an employee understand what remedies are available.
To succeed with a retaliation claim at either level, a worker must convince a judge or jury of the following three things:
Drawing a causal connection between protected conduct and an adverse action can be difficult. Employees can benefit greatly from working with an employment retaliation lawyer in Columbus before formally filing a complaint with the EEOC or a state agency. Gathering and organizing as much evidence as early as possible increases the likelihood of succeeding in court, as does carefully wording all filings.
We welcome you to request a consultation with a retaliation lawyer by calling the Columbus, OH, offices of the Friedmann Firm at 614.610.9755. You can also connect with us online and share Every discussion will be kept confidential.