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There are many types of workplace retaliation

As a worker, you have a variety of legal rights. For example, if you blow the whistle on your employer, both federal and state laws provide protection.

Despite the many laws in place to protect employees, remember this: there are still times when workplace retaliation comes into play.

As an employee, it's important to understand your rights. This means having a clear idea of the types of workplace retaliation that are most common. Consider the following:

-- Termination. This is one of the most common forms of workplace retaliation, with a company firing a person for doing something that they do not approve of.

-- Being left out. This occurs when management takes steps to exclude an employee from work activity or decisions pertaining to their job.

-- Demotion. This can take on many forms, such as taking away responsibilities or moving a person into another position or department. Sometimes, a demotion is the company's way to force the person out the door.

-- Cut in pay. A pay cut is one of the quickest ways to retaliate against an employee.

-- Talking poorly about the employee. An example of this would be a supervisor bad mouthing an employee to his or her coworkers. They do so in an attempt to make the person feel poorly, often with the idea that he or she will quit.

While these are among the most common types of workplace retaliation, there are others that can move to the forefront. Regardless of what type of retaliation occurs, if you find yourself in this position you need to take the following steps:

-- Make note of exactly what is happening, including any ideas of why

-- Keep track of everything, including any hard evidence, such as emails, to back up your claim

-- Learn more about your legal rights

It may not be something you want to do, but if you're the victim of workplace retaliation you may have to take legal action against your employer or former employer in order to protect your rights.

Since there is a lot that goes into this, you may want to consult with a workplace discrimination lawyer. This will help you feel better about your situation, including the decisions you are making now and the steps you will take in the future.

Source: Nov. 30, -0001

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