Employment laws at the federal and Nevada state level provide employees with a wide variety of rights. Employees should be able to freely exercise those rights when appropriate and should never feel intimidation from their employers not to do so. Unfortunately, many employers may not handle such situations reasonably and may engage in unlawful retaliation against the employee.
If your employer wrongfully retaliated against you, the company should be held fully liable for any losses you incurred due to lost wages, emotional distress, and more. The employment attorneys at the Las Vegas office of HKM are here to represent your rights in retaliation cases, so please call today to discuss your situation.
Common Retaliation Claims
Retaliation can occur for many reasons that are disallowed under the law. Some reasons your employer may want to retaliate include:
- You complained of harassing behavior at work or a hostile work environment;
- You complained of unlawful workplace discrimination;
- You assisted with an investigation into discrimination or harassment;
- You reported unlawful actions of your employer (whistleblowing);
- You refused to engage in unlawful actions;
- You made a claim for workers’ compensation;
- You took qualified Family and Medical Leave;
- You engaged in protected union activity.
Many employers may not like any of the above activities, even if they are protected behaviors under the law. As much as they are unhappy, however, they are still not allowed to engage in retaliation against an employee. Unfortunately, some employers may think they are above the law and will take retaliatory actions against an employee anyway.
Retaliation can refer to a wide variety of adverse employment actions, which can include the following and more:
- Transfer to a less desirable position;
- Refusal to promote;
- Less desirable job duties;
- Poor performance reviews or evaluations;
- Intimidation or threats;
- Wrongful termination.
Many of the above actions can result in unwarranted financial losses and emotional stress and you have the right to seek compensation from your employer.
Complexities of Retaliation Claims
Retaliation claims can be challenging as employers will almost certainly devise another justification for the adverse employment action other than retaliation. In such cases, an attorney can help you prove that this reason is, in fact, pretextual and that the true reason for the action was unlawful retaliation. The evidence in these cases is often circumstantial and your case should always be presented by an attorney with experience handling this particular type of claim.
Contact Our Experienced Las Vegas Employment Retaliation Lawyers Today
No one should experience retaliation for exercising their rights under Nevada or federal law. At HKM Employment Attorneys, our primary goal is to protect the rights of employees and hold companies accountable for any unlawful treatment. Retaliation claims can be complicated but our employment attorneys understand how to successfully represent the rights and interests of our clients. If you believe you have been the victim of unlawful retaliation in or around Las Vegas, call our office in Nevada at 702-625-3893 or reach out to us online as soon as possible.
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