Retaliation is an illegal employment action. It occurs when an employer, manager, supervisor or another administrator takes adverse employment action against an employee for participating in a protected activity, such as whistleblowing. Firing an employee for reporting sexual harassment is an example of whistleblower retaliation. If you believe you are a victim of whistleblower retaliation in Boston, contact Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP for a free legal consultation. Our employment attorneys may be able to help you fight for justice.
A whistleblower is someone who comes forward with information about illegal or unethical activities by an employer, corporation or government entity. A whistleblower may report illicit activity, fraud, sexual harassment, discrimination, safety violations, waste, corruption, or threats to public health or safety. It is against the law for an employer to retaliate against an employee for blowing the whistle. Retaliation can refer to many different adverse employment actions.
If you suffered any type of demotion, job loss or other negative repercussions after blowing the whistle on an employer’s wrongdoing, speak to an attorney from Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP about your rights. The employer may owe you financial compensation such as back pay, front pay, job reinstatement, punitive damages and other types of restitution for breaking the law.
If you have reason to believe your employer is guilty of retaliation for whistleblowing or another protected activity, take steps to protect your rights. First, report the issue to the Human Resources department at your place of employment. The company may have a process in place to handle the issue and discipline the supervisor. If not, file an official complaint against your employer with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). The EEOC will investigate and may take action if it finds evidence of whistleblower retaliation. You could also contact Massachusetts’ fair employment agency.
You may hire a lawyer to help you work with the EEOC on a resolution for retaliation. A lawyer could also help you with a civil claim if mediation through the EEOC does not resolve the problem. A civil lawsuit aims to hold an employer liable for unlawful retaliation. Liability means the employer will owe the victim – the employee retaliated against – compensation and/or restitution for causing the damages in question. For a successful retaliation lawsuit, your lawyer will have to prove the employer’s retaliatory behavior to be more likely true than not true based on the evidence. Hiring an attorney to represent you during a whistleblower retaliation lawsuit can improve your chances of success.
Contacting an attorney after experiencing something that might be retaliation can help you understand your rights and learn legal options. The lawyers at Sweeney Merrigan Law, LLP do not charge for initial consultations in Boston. You can meet with our lawyers, ask questions and receive honest answers at no cost or obligation to hire our law firm. If we accept your case, we can take over complex paperwork and filing processes on your behalf.
An employer in Boston may owe you compensation after wrongfully terminating your employment or taking other retaliatory actions against you for whistleblowing. Protect your rights by contacting an attorney. Contact us online or call (617) 391-9001 to speak directly to a lawyer today.