Under state and federal law, employees have many rights. Unfortunately, when employees exercise these rights, employers sometimes retaliate against them. Retaliation can come in the form of an employee being fired, being denied an employment opportunity, or otherwise being impacted negatively, such as being demoted.

Employment retaliation often falls under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Ohio Civil Rights Act. However, there are other laws that prohibit employment retaliation, as well. If your employer has unlawfully retaliated against you, our Akron employment retaliation attorneys can help.

Retaliation Under Anti-Discrimination Laws

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and Ohio law protects all employees in the state from illegal retaliation. Still, not all employer actions fall under these laws. When filing a retaliation claim under Title VII, you must prove:

  • That you engaged in a protected activity,
  • Your employer took adverse action against you based on that protected activity, and
  • There is a connection between the protected activity and the adverse employment action.
Protected activities include filing a complaint based on discriminatory practices to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission or the Ohio Civil Rights Commission. If you testify, assist, or participate in an investigation based on discriminatory practices, that is also a protected activity. To prove your claim, you must also prove that you or someone else was part of a protected class. Under Title VII, protected classes include individuals of a certain race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, or disability.

Other Forms of Retaliation

While retaliation under anti-discrimination laws are some of the most common reasons for filing a claim, there are others, as well. For example, the Americans with Disabilities Act prohibits employers from discriminating against employees with disabilities. This Act also allows disabled employees to request reasonable accommodations based on their disability. When employers refuse to hire, or retaliate against an employee that has requested accommodations, that could give rise to a legal claim. Additionally, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) also provides certain employees with the right to take up to 12 unpaid weeks of leave to recover from a medical condition or to care for a family member with a medical condition. Employees are given the right under the law to request and take this leave without fear of retaliation from their employer. When an employer takes adverse action against an employee for asking for this leave, or retaliates against them upon their return from leave, it is against the law.

Our Ohio Employment Retaliation Attorneys can Advise on Your Case

Employees have the right under the law to take certain action, such as taking medical leave and to engage in protected activities. If your employer has retaliated against you after exercising your rights, our Akron employment retaliation attorneys at Coffman Legal, LLC, are here to help with your case. After reviewing your case, we will hold your employer accountable for their illegal actions and help you recover the damages you deserve. Call us today at (614) 949-1181 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case evaluation with one of our knowledgeable attorneys.

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