If your employer punished you because you opposed unlawful employment practices or working conditions, you may have been the victim of unlawful retaliation.   If you believe you have been the victim of such conduct, contact our attorneys to see if we can help protect your rights.

What is retaliation?

Unlawful retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in certain protected conduct.  Unlawful retaliation can include firing, demoting, harassing, or reducing the job responsibilities of employees.

What laws protect employees from retaliation?

Most federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit employers from retaliating against an employee who took appropriate action to combat what they reasonably believed was unlawful discriminatory conduct.  For example, if an employee reasonably believed she was being subjected to unlawful sexual harassment, Title VII prohibits the employer from terminating her for filing a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to report that harassment.

North Carolina’s anti-discrimination law, the North Carolina Retaliation in Employment Discrimination Act (REDA), makes it illegal for employers to discriminate against employees who have complained about violations of their rights under the Wage and Hour Act, OSHA, or the Mine Safety and Health Act. It also bars discrimination against people who have used or who might need to use the state’s workers’ compensation program.

What can I do?

You should not be retaliated against because you sought to exercise your rights.  If you believe you have experienced unlawful retaliation, call Patterson Harkavy toll free at 1-800-458-2541 or contact us online today.