Have you been terminated, disciplined, or demoted because you stood up for what you believed was discrimination or harassment in the workplace? Have you been harassed or denied job training because you participated in a co-worker’s discrimination or harassment complaint? Have you lost a promotion because you blew the whistle on illegal company practices? If so, you may have a claim for workplace retaliation under federal and Wisconsin law.
Workplace retaliation can also come in subtle forms, like receiving a negative or unflattering performance review, experiencing a combative or unpleasant work environment, having some or all of your duties removed, having pay or commission cut, losing or moving your office to an undesirable location, or restricting your ability to do your job properly.
Title VII and the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act (WFEA) make it illegal for employers to terminate, discipline, demote, or harass you. It is also illegal for your employer to deny job training, assignments, or a promotion because you:
- Complained about discrimination, harassment, or illegal practices happening at work
- Filed a discrimination complaint or charge
- Participated in a discrimination or harassment investigation, complaint, or lawsuit
Retaliation includes all of the following:
- Filing a Charge or Complaint of Discrimination or Harassment
- Healthcare Worker Retaliation
- Opposing Discrimination or Harassment in the Workplace
- Participating in a Hearing or Investigation
- Whistleblower (SOX/Civil RICO)
- Wrongful Termination
Complaining about or “opposing” discrimination, harassment, or illegal practices in the workplace – This includes complaining to Human Resources or management, it doesn’t matter if your complaint was written or verbal.
Filing a discrimination complaint or charge – This includes filing a discrimination charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (ERD), it doesn’t matter if one or both agencies don’t believe the discrimination actually happened.
Participating in a discrimination or harassment investigation, complaint, or lawsuit – This includes testifying, assisting, or participating in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing in any way .
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At Walcheske & Luzi, LLC it is our pledge to provide open and honest advice, taking the time to listen, counsel, and advise. We will work closely with you to determine if you are the victim of workplace retaliation. Tell us about your workplace retaliation case, we’re ready to help.
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