Rochester Workplace Retaliation Lawyer

Employees in New York have many workplace protections thanks to federal and state laws ensuring they receive at least minimum wage for their work and time and half pay for overtime. The laws also protect them against workplace discrimination based on race, sex, age, sexuality, and gender identity, as well as against sexual harassment. But another form of discrimination occurs when a worker demands their rights under these lawful protections and then experiences workplace retaliation for doing so.

If you’ve experienced the double injustice of first demanding compliance with employment law for fair treatment and then retaliation in the workplace, you have a legal claim against your employer. The law firm of Gattuso & Ciotoli, PLLC, is ready to stand at your side and fight tirelessly for your right to feel safe and comfortable in the workplace without fear of retaliation, backlash, or intimidation.

What “Protected Activities” Do New York’s Anti-Retaliation Laws Cover?

  • Filing a lawsuit against an employer for discrimination
  • Reporting or filing a claim of sexual harassment in the workplace
  • Reporting a workplace hazard or dangerous condition
  • Filing a claim for unpaid wages, overtime, or commission
  • Refusing to engage in fraud or illegal activity requested by an employer
  • Reporting fraud
  • Opposing any workplace practice that’s unlawful under employment discrimination statutes

As an employee in the state of New York, you are entitled to participate in any of the above acts to protect your rights without fear of retaliation in the workplace. Unlawful workplace retaliation not only leads to an unwelcoming and unsafe work environment but may also have a negative impact on your financial situation and career advancement.

Common Examples of Unlawful Retaliation in the Workplace

While an employer may be unhappy when a worker demands their legally protected rights in the workplace, it is illegal for them to penalize or punish that worker in any way. For example, if you’ve been fired after reporting an incident of sexual harassment, discrimination, or unpaid overtime, you’ve been wrongfully terminated under federal and state laws and may be entitled to compensation. Some other examples of unlawful retaliation against an employee include:

  • Being demoted
  • Being passed over for a promotion
  • Taking a pay reduction
  • Disciplinary actions such as suspension or reprimand
  • Receiving negative performance reviews or evaluations
  • Transfer to a less desirable location or shift
  • Hostile work environment

Retaliation as a form of workplace punishment may take other forms as well. If you feel you’ve been the victim of unlawful retaliation, contact our Rochester law firm so we can evaluate your claim and seek compensation for your treatment. You could receive back wages, reinstatement, thousands in damages, and even gain the cost of attorney fees.

Why Choose Us for Your Workplace Retaliation Case?

At Gattuso & Ciotoli, we provide dedicated, diligent representation with individual attention to every case. Our decades of successful settlements and litigation mean we have the knowledge, experience, reputation, and resources to fight for the best possible outcome for your claim. Contact us today if you feel you’re experiencing workplace retaliation so we can immediately begin working on a strategic plan to defend your rights.