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Experience, resources and reputation matters

Retaliation


It does not matter how strong workplace protection laws are if employees are scared to use them. Retaliation is a very real concern that employees are constantly weighing:

  • Will I get fired if I complain about not getting all my breaks or overtime pay?
  • Will I get a negative review or passed over for promotion if I say something about my manager’s sexist comments?
  • My employer is doing something illegal or unethical; should I go along with it to keep my job?
The answer to questions like these is that you shouldn’t—but you might. Most worker protection laws include anti-retaliation provisions. Simply put, the boss is not supposed to punish you for asserting your rights or doing the right thing. That means no terminations, demotions, unfavorable transfers, reductions in hours or pay, or other adverse employment actions because you made a good-faith complaint.

But, of course, things are often more complicated. Employers may try to cover their tracks. They may say that something else—your frequent tardiness, poor collections, or bad attitude—were the real reason for the adverse employment action. Your employer may even say that you never made a complaint at all or that, if you did, it was to the wrong person or department.

So, if you think you’re the victim of an illegal workplace practice or believe that you’ve been (or are about to be) retaliated against, you may want to consult with an experienced Washington employment lawyer. An experienced employment attorney can help you navigate the process. This may help end the retaliation altogether. Or it can put you in a better position if you end up seeking compensation from your employer.