Tallahassee Employee Retaliation Attorney

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State and federal laws protect workers who assert their labor rights. These laws also punish employers who retaliate against workers by denying promotions, giving undesirable transfers, or firing them. If you’ve been the target of retaliation because of a legally protected action like unionizing, reporting unsafe work conditions, reporting unlawful conduct or discrimination, or cooperating with an investigation, you could be entitled to financial recovery and other legal relief. Turn to a Tallahassee employee retaliation attorney with Cruz Law Firm, P.A., for help pursuing a claim against your employer for unlawful retaliation.

Our firm is committed to helping and protecting Florida workers like you. We have a proven record of advocating aggressively for our clients and securing them the justice and accountability they deserve. We represent clients in state and federal courts and have developed a strong familiarity with Tallahassee’s courts and the people who work in them. When you choose us to help with your workplace retaliation case, you can rest assured that you have dedicated, seasoned law advocates who have taken more than 100 cases to trial. Our attorneys are recognized for their knowledge and insight in the field and are frequently asked to speak about state labor and employment litigation issues.

Reach out to Cruz Law if you believe you have been subjected to retaliation from your employer. A Tallahassee employment retaliation lawyer from our firm can tell you how we could fight for your financial compensation and to hold your employer accountable for its wrongful conduct. Case reviews are confidential and come without obligation.

What Is Employment Retaliation?

Employment retaliation involves a manager, supervisor, administrator, or company owner taking adverse employment action against an employee because the employee engaged in protected activity. The adverse employment action is intended to dissuade the employee from continuing their protected activity or discourage other employees from engaging in similar activity.

Examples of Retaliation in the Workplace

Common instances of protected activity by employees that can lead to employer retaliation include:

  • Filing a charge/complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR)
  • Filing an employment discrimination or harassment lawsuit
  • Participating as a witness in a human resources or governmental investigation or lawsuit
  • Filing an internal complaint with a manager, supervisor, or HR officer about employment discrimination or harassment
  • Refusing to follow employer directives that would require the employee to engage in illegal or unethical behavior
  • Resisting sexual advances or refusing to provide sexual favors
  • Requesting disability or religious accommodations
  • Requesting paid leave, parental leave, or leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • Filing for workers’ compensation
  • Asking managers or co-workers about salary information to identify potentially discriminatory wage disparity
  • Whistleblowing, or reporting illegal or unethical conduct by an employer to the authorities

Examples of employer behavior that may count as retaliatory include:

  • Denial of hiring
  • Denial of promotions
  • Denial of pay raises, bonuses, or commissions
  • Withholding or removing work assignments
  • Transfer to less desirable positions or shifts
  • Issuing baseless negative performance reviews or placing an employee on an unnecessary performance improvement plan
  • Verbally or physically abusing a worker
  • Placing an employee under increased performance scrutiny
  • Imposing unreasonable deliverables
  • Spreading false rumors about an employee
  • Termination

What Laws Protect Employees from Retaliation in Florida?

Various state and federal laws are designed to protect workers in Florida from retaliation by their employers, including the following: