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Employer Retaliation – Top Signs to Look out For

Dec. 28, 2020

Workplace retaliation for whistleblowing is illegal in Illinois and you can get compensated for it, provided you have a competent attorney on your side. If you brought illegal practices to the light, your employer might show his/her displeasure by retaliating subtly. Here are some of the top subtle signs of employer retaliation you may not be aware of.

You Are Left out At Work

The silent treatment is innocent in grade school, but it can take on malicious proportions in the workplace. If your colleagues or employer start to exclude you from work-related conversations when they never did before, they may be retaliating against you. A common example of this is exclusion from meetings that everyone is attending but you never received a memo for it.

You are Reassigned to a Different Department or Shift

One of the most common ways disgruntled employers can retaliate against employees is by shifting them to other departments or shifts. This can be due to one of two reasons. They may not want to work with you anymore or they may be trying to make your life difficult, so you have no choice but to quit.

If you were working in marketing, but were suddenly shifted to another department after you made a complaint, you are being retaliated against. Yes, you can quit and find a job where you will not face such issues, but do you really want to be booted out just for doing the right thing?

What to Do if You Think Your Employer is Retaliating Against You

If you are being treated unfairly in the workplace just because you made a complaint about say a supervisor who was sexually harassing you, talk to HR first. If they fail to take action or take minimal action, file a retaliation complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). You may have to contend with certain time limitations so make sure you also get legal advice as soon as possible.

This is where the attorneys at the Law Office of Michael T. Smith can prove invaluable. We understand such concerns on an intimate level and are not afraid of going head to head with powerful employers if it means you can get the compensation you deserve. We have litigated over 500 cases in federal court which include cases against Fortune 500 companies and even government entities. Get in touch with us for a consultation in Schaumburg, IL today.