What Does ‘Retaliation’ Mean in a Workplace Setting?

November 12, 2020
By Peter Friedmann
Workplace retaliation occurs when a manager or supervisor punishes, mistreats, or fires an employee specifically because the person engaged in what is called a “protected activity”. Federal and state laws define what “protected activity” is.  Some examples include, but are not limited to: Reporting discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; Cooperating with an investigation into a report of discrimination, harassment, or retaliation; Refusing to follow policies or orders that result in discrimination; Refusing demands for sexual favors, dates or sex in order...

What Does the Ohio Whistleblower Protection Act Cover?

September 27, 2019
By Peter Friedmann
The Ohio Whistleblower Protection Act makes it illegal for employers in the private and public sectors to punish or harass workers who report wrongdoing by their employer, boss or colleagues. An employee who does suffer retaliation for blowing the whistle on criminal or dangerous activities has rights under the whistleblower act to sue to get their job back and to receive monetary damages. WHAT THE LAW SAYS - Whistleblower Protection Act for Private & Public Sector Section 4113.51(A) of the...

How Do You Prove Retaliation in the Workplace?

January 03, 2018
By Peter Friedmann
How to Prove Retaliation in The Workplace? U.S. and Ohio state laws prohibit employers from punishing or mistreating workers and job applicants for reporting or otherwise calling attention to problems ranging from discrimination and wage theft to fraud. Retaliation for filing a complaint can take many forms, but courts make it an employee’s responsibility to prove that an employer has acted illegally. Partnering with a dedicated Columbus employment retaliation lawyer can help a worker or jobseeker put together a case,...

What is Employment Retaliation?

December 14, 2016
By Peter Friedmann
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 whistleblowers 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: Firing...