As an employee in Cleveland, you have certain rights. What’s more, you are entitled to exercise these rights without fear of discrimination or retaliation from your employer. If your employer has taken adverse action against you for exercising a protected right, you may be the victim of unlawful employment retaliation. At the law office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Cleveland employment retaliation attorneys can help you to understand your rights and legal options following unlawful retaliation. Call us today to learn more about how we can help you.

Types of Protected Rights

You have numerous protected rights as an employee in Cleveland. These include:

  • The right to a workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment;
  • The right to file a discrimination complaint;
  • The right to a safe workplace;
  • The right to report unsafe working conditions;
  • The right to minimum wage and overtime pay;
  • The right to unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA); and
  • The right to request accommodation for a disability.

Common Examples of Workplace Retaliation

If you exercise a protected right, such as filing a discrimination complaint or serving as a witness in another employee’s complaint, your employer may engage in adverse action against you. This is against the law and is a violation of your rights. Common examples of workplace retaliation include:

  • Demoting an employee to a lower position;
  • Denying or reducing an employee’s pay;
  • Punishing an employee;
  • Writing a negative performance review of the employee;
  • Terminating the employee;
  • Embarrassing, harassing, threatening, intimidating, or otherwise punishing the employee;
  • Denying an employee a promotion that they are qualified for; or
  • Placing an employee on probation.

Your Rights if You’re Retaliated Against in the Workplace

Workplace retaliation laws exist specifically so that employees can exercise their protected rights without being fearful about how their employers might respond. If an employer retaliates, they can be held legally responsible for the damages that an employee suffers. Types of remedies that may be available to an employee who has been unlawfully retaliated against include:

  • Reinstatement to their original position;
  • Back pay for denied wages or benefits;
  • Front pay for wages they might have earned;
  • Promotion;
  • Compensation for legal fees and attorneys’ costs;
  • Compensation for punitive damages; and
  • Any other remedies/compensation that will ‘make whole’ the employee.

Call Our Cleveland Employment Retaliation Attorneys Today

If you have been retaliated against, you may be nervous to take legal action and fearful that your employer will take even more extreme action against you for doing so. At the office of Coffman Legal, LLC, our Cleveland employment retaliation attorneys can protect your rights and aggressively represent you in your retaliation claim. Our lawyers have decades of combined legal experience and know how to advocate for our clients’ best interests. We offer free consultations, work on a contingency fee basis, and always put our clients first. To schedule your free consultation with our law firm and learn more about your rights, please call us directly today or send us a message online at your convenience. We are here for you.

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