Do you feel that your employer subjected you to a negative employment action such as: termination, demotion, or denial of a job, promotion or salary increase because you filed a lawsuit or made an internal complaint of unlawful treatment or participated in an investigation of unlawful conduct? If so, this could be retaliation and there are laws that can protect your rights as an employee as well as provide monetary benefits if your employer is engaging in unlawful employment practices.
Year after year, there are many employees who are victims of retaliation by their employers and awarded monetary benefits. In 2014, there were 37,955 charges alleging retaliation filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Although some of these charges were dismissed, the EEOC collected $140.5 million for non-litigated matters and additional monies for litigated matters.
Federal and state laws make it unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees regarding decisions related to hiring, firing, demotion, promotion, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment. These laws related to retaliation are complex so it is best to get the opinion of an experienced attorney to help you understand your rights and potential actions you can take to address the unlawful practices of an employer.
If you think you are the victim of retaliation, please feel free to call us at (773) 842-2888 or contact us online to discuss your employee rights and options. A Chicago Employment Retaliation lawyer at our firm is here help you.