Retaliatory Discharge Lawyer in Geneva
What Is Retaliatory Discharge?
Retaliatory discharge is the term used to refer to an employer terminating or punishing an employee for something other than a work-performance related reason.
If you believe that you were terminated from your employment because of reasons that are not related to job performance, you may be able to bring a case to your previous employer for retaliatory discharge.
Losing your job is a shock that ripples through your entire life. Even worse, losing a job for reasons that are unrelated to work performance can be devastating to your self-esteem, bank account, and confidence.
When you turn to O’Brien Law, LLC, our Geneva retaliatory discharge attorney can talk through the details of your employment leading up to your termination, or any other retaliatory conduct.
We pride ourselves on being respectful of your feelings and as discreet as possible about your situation, all while fighting to ensure a favorable outcome from your previous employer.
What Is Employer Retaliation?
Retaliation in the workplace refers to a situation where an employer punishes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity.
For example, if you experienced or witnessed illegal harassment or discrimination in the workplace, and you reported it, your employer may choose to take adverse action against you. This, however, is considered an unlawful form of retaliation.
Employer retaliation can include any negative employment action, including:
- Salary reduction
- Job reassignment
If you have been treated in any of these ways by your employer as a punishment, you may be able to file a claim against them. You should contact us right away so that we can investigate your case and begin to advocate on your behalf.
We can help you gather evidence to prove a link between your complaint and your employer’s adverse action against you.
How to Prove Retaliation Took Place
It can be extremely difficult to prove liability because most employees are “at-will” employees. That means that employers can terminate their employees at their will, with no reason and no explanation.
The only potential claims for “at-will” employees are those involving some type of discriminatory conduct against race, gender, age, or disability.
Some retaliatory discharge cases involve retaliation for an employee exercising his or her right to pursue workers’ compensation if injured on the job. Sexual harassment is another aspect of discrimination or retaliation that can lead to discharge for the harassed employee.
An additional publicized area of retaliatory discharge involves whistleblowers. This has been well-publicized of late but is often limited to employees of major corporations or entities to lead to significant damages.
Let’s Discuss Your Retaliatory Discharge Case
If you believe you were a victim of retaliatory discharge or retaliation without discharge, you could be feeling a mix of emotions. You might be angry, worried, depressed, or even fearful.
No matter how you feel initially, it is important to give us a call to talk more about your situation. The sooner we can get started, while details are fresh in your mind, the sooner we can get you the justice you deserve.
Why Choose Us?
At O’Brien Law, LLC, we will always work hard on your behalf. Our firm is small, but our legal team has the resources and experience we need to represent you. When you choose us, you can expect caring, helpful, and empathetic service. You can also benefit from the competitive edge our legal professionals have from their past experience as an insurance lawyer and administrator.
With insight into both sides of the courtroom, we can maximize your chances of winning your case.