Most employment discrimination laws not only make it illegal to discriminate against protected groups, but also prohibit retaliation against an employee who asserted his/her rights under the law.
Retaliation is any adverse employment action taken against an employee who complained of discrimination, harassment, or a violation of workplace law. It is also retaliation to take adverse action against an employee who participates in an investigation of one of these problems. Adverse action can be taken by the employer, managers, or fellow employees.
Many things can qualify as adverse employment action. Some of the more common examples include: (a) Firing; (b) Demotion; (c) Discipline; (d) Negative evaluations; or (e) Change in job or shift assignment
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