It is not every day that a person has to deal with being retaliated against by their employer, but should it happen, one thing they should remember is that they have options as to how to handle it. Depending on what their employer has done, some people may choose to ignore this retaliatory behavior and wait for it to end. However, there are some people who choose to file a claim against their employer and seek some sort of compensation for this unfair treatment.
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission(EEOC) has recently made plans to change its guidance regarding employment retaliation. It has not yet been finalized, but this new guidance will explain clearly what retaliation is and how they plan to handle these cases when employees file claims against their employers. The goal here is to make it easier for the agency to find retaliatory intent in the claims they receive from anyone who files one.
Currently, it is not always easy for employees to win retaliation cases against their employers. This new guidance may prove to be helpful for employees who file a claim in the future. With these types of cases possibly easier to prove, employers may also be a bit more careful with how they treat their employees when they have participated in a protected act.
Employer retaliation is not something that people should take lightly. When anyone feels as though they have been retaliated against, along with filing a claim, they may want to hire an employment law attorney. An attorney can assist during the trial and can answer any questions employees may have about their rights and their retaliation claim.
Source: HR Morning, "EEOC's new retaliation guidance should concern you ? and here's why," Christian Schappel, Feb. 17, 2016