Mississippi Workplace Retaliation Lawyer
An employer may not retaliate against an employee who brings a claim of discrimination or who helps other employees bring discrimination claims. Unlawful workplace retaliation may involve:
- Unwarranted reprimands
- Denial of promotion
- Threatening messages to the employee and others
- Unjustified negative performance evaluations
- Unjustified negative references
- Other actions intended to stop employees from exercising their rights
If you are a victim of workplace retaliation, the experienced employee rights attorneys at our law firm,Watson & Norris, PLLC, in Jackson, Mississippi, are ready to help you. Call us today at 601-968-0000, or fill out our online intake form. We represent clients throughout Mississippi.
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"Retaliation," according to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, "occurs when an employer, employment agency, or labor organization takes an adverse action against a covered individual because he or she engaged in a protective activity." The EEOC describes protected activities as:
- Complaining to anyone about alleged discrimination against oneself or others
- Threatening to file a discrimination charge
- Demonstrating in opposition to discrimination
- Refusing to obey an order reasonably believed to be discriminatory
- Filing a charge of employment discrimination
- Participating in an investigation of alleged discriminatory practices
- Testifying as a witness in an EEOC investigation or litigation
Workplace retaliation is anything but rare. Retaliation claims account for nearly 30 percent of all charges filed annually with the EEOC. In fiscal 2007, this amounted to nearly 27,000 claims of retaliation discrimination. Nevertheless, the victims of workplace retaliation often feel terribly alone and vulnerable due to their employers' actions. We understand. With 20 years of combined experience handling labor and employment law cases, our lawyers know the realities of workplace discrimination — and how to fight for the rights of its victims.
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Recovery in an employer retaliation lawsuit may include back wages, reinstatement, future wages in lieu of reinstatement, compensatory and punitive damages up to $300,000.00, attorneys' fees and costs.