Atlanta Retaliation Attorneys
Defending Clients Against Illegal Workplace Retaliation
At Beal Sutherland Berlin & Brown, we understand the challenges and complexities of dealing with workplace retaliation. Our team of experienced employment law attorneys can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to protect your rights and seek justice. We can help you develop a strategy for your claim, as well as handle the negotiations and any litigation that may arise.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable of the laws concerning workplace retaliation and have a track record of success in helping clients navigate this difficult process. As committed retaliation lawyers in Atlanta, we provide personalized legal services tailored to each client’s individual needs and objectives. We can provide you with the guidance and representation you need to ensure that your rights are protected and that you can seek justice for workplace retaliation.
What Is Workplace Retaliation?
Retaliation occurs when an employer takes adverse actions against an employee for an illegal reason. Keep in mind that workplace retaliation doesn’t mean all retaliatory gestures an employer may engage in are illegal; only those that are motivated by discrimination against a protected characteristic or a protected activity may constitute workplace retaliation.
What Is a Protected Characteristic?
A protected characteristic (protected class) is a feature or fact about someone that is legally safeguarded against discrimination in the workplace. When an employer retaliates against an employee based on a protected characteristic, this may be an instance of unlawful retaliation.
In Georgia, protected characteristics include the following:
- Skin color
- National origin
- Sex (including pregnancy and childbirth)
- Age (40-70)
- Citizenship status
- Genetic information
What Is a Protected Activity in the Workplace?
Federal and state law also protects certain activities in the workplace, such as reporting discrimination, expressing safety concerns, reporting unlawful activity, unionizing, and more.
Employees can freely engage in such activities without fear of experiencing retaliation from their employers. Should retaliation occur, however, they may have legal claims and may be owed damages as a consequence. Consult with our retaliation lawyers in Atlanta to assess whether or not you have a strong claim.
What Does Retaliation in the Workplace Look Like?
Retaliation in the workplace can show up in many ways, some of which may not be obvious.
Here are some common forms of retaliation to watch out for:
- Unwarranted termination: An employee is fired for no other reason than to punish them for speaking up or filing a complaint against their employer or manager.
- Unfair job assignments: A manager may assign an employee more difficult or unpleasant tasks or give them tasks that are beneath their abilities and qualifications.
- Unequal pay or benefits: An employer may reduce an employee's wages or deny them raises in order to retaliate against them for speaking up.
- Bullying, harassment, or intimidation: A manager may try to make an employee's work life difficult by showing favoritism toward other employees or by engaging in verbal abuse.
- Unwarranted disciplinary action: An employer may issue a reprimand or suspension to an employee that is undeserved and meant to punish them for speaking up or filing a complaint.
Retaliation in the workplace can be hard to spot, but it's important to remember that it's not OK, and you have the right to speak out if you feel that you're being targeted.
Contact Us for Legal Assistance
Beal Sutherland Berlin & Brown has years of experience representing clients who have experienced workplace retaliation. We understand the damage that this type of discrimination can do and are committed to helping our clients obtain justice and compensation.
Our retaliation attorneys in Atlanta thoroughly review each claim and can develop a strategy for success. We leverage our extensive understanding of employment law and utilize all available resources, including state and federal laws, to protect our clients' rights. We understand the unique challenges that retaliation cases often present and work diligently to ensure that our clients have the best possible chance for success.
For information about how we may be able to help you, send us a message online.