Workplace Retaliation Attorney Cleveland, Ohio
Retaliation in the workplace is a constant problem and often results from personality conflicts or misguided professional competition. Retaliation becomes illegal — that is, something worth talking with a Cleveland-based retaliation attorney about — when adverse employment actions are motivated by discrimination or an intent to punish the employee for exercising his or her legally protected rights.
Discrimination is not allowed when it involves an employee’s race, nationality, ethnicity, sex, gender, age (over 40), religion, disability status, military service or pregnancy. Increasingly, courts are recognizing discrimination against LGBT individuals as illegal. Cleveland retaliation attorneys Rachel Sabo and Peter Friedmann have represented workers throughout Cleveland and the surrounding area in a variety of workplace retaliation cases.
Retaliation for exercising legal rights may be related to discrimination. As the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission explains, a current or fired employee may have grounds for a retaliation lawsuit when a manager or supervisor takes retaliatory action because the employee:
- Filed an EEOC claim alleging discrimination.
- Participated in an investigation into an EEOC claim, whether the claim is his/her own or was brought by someone else.
- Filed a complaint about discrimination with a supervisor or human resources rep.
- Complained about or reported harassment based on a protected class.
- Refused to comply with policies or instructions that would result in discrimination.
- Refused demands for dates or sexual favors in order to get or keep a job.
- Requested accommodations for religious reasons.
- Requested accommodations for disabilities.
- Submitted leave requests or used authorized leave for a medical issue or disability.
- Discussed pay issues with co-workers or managers when the intent was to discover inequities.
Examples of illegal retaliation include:
- Creating false or excessive reports of policy violations by the employee after an employee has engaged in protected activity.
- Sabotaging work done by the employee.
- Lowering the employee’s performance evaluations below what his or her actual performance merits.
- Transferring the employee to dangerous, dirty, or low-status tasks.
- Abusing the employee verbally or physically.
- Filing a false police report against the employee.
- Subjecting the employee to inordinate supervision.
- Spreading rumors about the employee or the employee’s family.
- Making the employee’s job or working conditions so miserable that he or she quits.
- Firing the employee for retaliatory reasons.
The last two examples of retaliation are called wrongful termination. The victim of a wrongful termination can often bring legal claims for both the illegal firing and the acts of retaliation that preceded the termination. At The Friedmann Firm, we’ll provide a Cleveland retaliation attorney well-versed in employment law to clients seeking financial retribution.
Contact a Top Rated Workplace Retaliation Attorney in Cleveland, Ohio
We have not listed every reason for or type of workplace retaliation here. If you work in or around Cleveland and suspect that your managers and supervisors have violated your rights to keep a job without experiencing discrimination or retaliation, feel free to contact a Friedman Firm Cleveland employment attorney.
We offer confidential consultations on all matters related to employee rights, and we are available to assist workers across Ohio. Call us at 440.703.8550 or connect with us online to schedule an appointment.
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Rachel was absolutely amazing. As an attorney she really took the time to really listen to my concerns. She was honest and kept me informed every step of the way. The outcome was favorable on my behalf and I appreciate her efforts to achieve a good outcome. I would highly recommend her and the Friedmann firm to represent me if ever needed in future.
Working with Rachel Sabo from Friedmann Firm was absolutely amazing! She upholds integrity, honesty and without a doubt fights for what is right! Rachel was extremely transparent and real! Please don’t let wrong be right, Rachel will strive to advocate and put her whole heart in obtaining resolve in your situation! What an absolute blessing, she won my case in less than 1 week💪
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Rachel Friedmann of the Friedman Firm was my attorney for a very recent legal matter. I would highly recommend Rachel based on her legal knowledge, her honest appraisal of the matter and expected outcomes, her open communication and timely responses to my questions and the matter itself, and her steadfastness in dealing with the opposing counsel until a final agreement was reached.
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The Friedmann Firm (specifically Pete Friedmann) represented me through what seemed like a never ending employment discrimination suit. The suit was filed just before Covid shut everything down in 2020. Add to that a former employer who refused to admit fault. In spite of all of that, Pete stood resolute in his representation of me and working for the best outcome for me. We ended up settling prior to trial and I was more than satisfied with the results. Pete was always available to answer questions and reassure me throughout this process. I highly recommend The Friedmann Firm!
Pete Friedmann and his firm are fantastic. He represented me for more than a year going through a suit with a previous employer. He walked me through every step of the process and was always quick to respond to any questions I had. My settlement came in and we parted ways with both sides being pleased with the outcome. I highly recommend the Friedmann firm and wouldn’t hesitate to use them again in the future if the need arose. Thank you, Pete!
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