As someone who works in Indiana, you have certain rights, and one of them involves your right to “blow the whistle” if your employer is engaging in illegal or unethical acts. Your employer may not retaliate against you for your decision to call attention to the wrongdoing, meaning he or she cannot treat you unfairly or differently than others in your place of business to “punish” you for speaking out. At the Employment Law Office of John H. Haskin & Associates, LLC, we have a strong understanding of what types of behaviors constitute workplace retaliation, and we have helped many victims of it seek recourse.
Retaliation in the workplace, per the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, can manifest in many ways, and it does not always look the same. In some instances, it might be overt, such as you getting fired or demoted shortly after you make the decision to blow the whistle on your employer. Your employer may also transfer you to a less-desirable position than you previously held, or intentionally make your work more difficult for you by changing your hours, giving you less-desirable shifts and so on.
Workplace retaliation might also occur if you find that you are subject to verbal or physical harassment or abuse in the workplace after you spoke out. You may, too, be a victim if your employer or others within your place of business spread rumors about you or otherwise make your work environment particularly unpleasant.
If your employer threatens to report you to authorities for some reason or another, whether they mean immigration authorities, law enforcement officials or what have you, this may also constitute workplace retaliation. More about your rights as an American employee is available on our web page.