Unfortunately, workplace discrimination remains a big problem in Detroit and other U.S. cities. However, in the enlightened world of today, victims of discrimination know that they can take action against those who violate their rights. Understanding these rights often gives victims the courage to file a discrimination complaint.
Federal protections, including protection against retaliation, exist for those who file workplace discrimination complaints. However, many employers or managers still seek revenge against workers for filing a complaint. The problem for many victims is lacking certainty that retaliation is actually taking place. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) provides several examples of retaliation as outlined below.
- Terminating or demoting a worker based on his or her workplace discrimination complaint
- Subjecting an employee to harassing comments or behavior after he or she filed a complaint
- Placing information in a worker's employee file about his or her efforts to seek a remedy against workplace discrimination
- Blocking a worker's right to seek promotion because he or she filed a discrimination claim
- Taking away a worker's right to the same company benefits (perks) that other employees enjoy
- Being openly hostile towards an employee who is pursuing a workplace discrimination claim
Discrimination allegations are difficult for victims and employers alike. However, just because managers or business owners disagree with the claims of alleged victims does not give them the right to seek retaliation.
It is wise for Michigan employees who have filed workplace discrimination complaints to strengthen the federal protections already in place. One way to do this is by engaging a law firm experienced in these matters. Doing so can provide you with invaluable advice as well as advocacy until the issue reaches its conclusion.