Many people assume that discrimination or harassment might top the list of misconduct by Ohio employers, but statistics from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reveal a very different picture. At almost 54 percent of all complaints received, wrongful employment retaliation is the most common charge filed by employees. Around 39,000 workers per year are subjected to termination, demotion, or other adverse action after engaging in protected activities, which is illegal under federal and state employment laws.

Ohio employees have rights when faced with wrongful termination, so you may be able to obtain both monetary damages and equitable relief. Our team at Coffman Legal, LLC can advise you on the laws and your rights, so please contact our firm to schedule a complimentary consultation. Our Canton employment retaliation attorneys will explain the specifics, but you might also find it useful to review some of the basics.

Overview of Ohio Employment Retaliation Laws

Employees have certain rights under employment laws, including the right to participate in designated activities without the fear of retribution by their employer. The basis of this concept stems from constitutional, civil rights, and antidiscrimination concepts, so an employee who asserts their rights is said to be engaged in “protected” activities. An Ohio employer may violate the law by retaliating against a worker for:

  • Filing a discrimination or harassment complaint;
  • Participating in an investigation regarding another employee’s complaint;
  • Pursuing a lawsuit in court for discrimination, harassment, wage and hour disputes, and other actions;
  • Requesting reasonable accommodations that would enable a disabled employee to perform job-related tasks; and
  • Many other illegal acts.
Unlawful termination is one of the most common types of adverse action an Ohio employer may take against an employee who engages in protected activities. However, retaliation may also occur through demotion, changing your hours or work location, modifying your job function, and many others.

Legal Remedies for Employment Retaliation

While many workers choose to file a charge with the EEOC for unlawful retaliation, there are additional options that may lead to recovery of monetary damages and other relief. In some cases, you may need to exhaust your remedies with a government agency before taking your matter to court. The Canton employment retaliation lawyers at Coffman Legal, LLC can describe the relevant issues in more detail and outline the legal process. We will pursue all potential options to obtain:

  • Back pay and interest;
  • Lost employment benefits;
  • Attorneys’ fees and court costs; and
  • Equitable remedies, such as reinstatement after termination, promotion or salary raise, and other non-monetary relief.

Reach Out to Our Canton Employment Retaliation Attorneys

Wrongful retaliation can take many forms, so it is important to work with experienced legal counsel if you believe your Ohio employer engaged in misconduct. For more information on your remedies, please contact Coffman Legal, LLC by calling 614-949-1181 or visiting our website. We can set up a free case assessment with a Canton employment retaliation lawyer. Once we learn the details, we can get started on a strategy for enforcing your rights.

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