Whistleblowing is a high-stakes game. When you report misconduct, you are putting your job, reputation, and even your safety at risk. And unfortunately, retaliation against whistleblowers is all too common.
According to a Global Business Ethics Survey, about one-third of whistleblowers experience retaliation.
Retaliation can take many forms, from verbal abuse to being passed over for promotions. And in some extreme cases, it can even lead to termination.
If you have blown the whistle on wrongdoing and are now facing retaliation, you are not alone. In this blog post, we will explore 5 signs that you are being retaliated against. Read on to learn more and to find out what you can do about it.
You Are Suddenly Being Treated Differently at Work
An abrupt change in how you are treated at work is one of the first signs of retaliation. If you have always had a good relationship with your boss and coworkers and suddenly find yourself being ignored or singled out, this could be a sign that something is wrong.
Your Workload Has Increased
Another sign of retaliation is if you are suddenly assigned more work than usual. The extra work could be in the form of extra assignments, longer hours, or even menial tasks outside your job description. Many people do this to make your life more difficult and make you feel like you are not doing a good job.
Your Performance Reviews Are Suddenly Negative
Negative performance reviews could signify retaliation if you start receiving negative performance reviews when you have always been a high performer. The purpose of this is to find ways to discipline or fire you.
Your Coworkers Are Isolating You
If you suddenly find yourself excluded from important meetings or projects, this is another sign that you could be facing retaliation. The situation often makes you feel like you have no value as an employee.
You Are Facing Disciplinary Action
Retaliation like this is one of the most severe signs of retaliation, and it can be challenging to deal with on your own. If you face disciplinary action, such as being suspended or fired, consult with an attorney as soon as possible.
Contact Us Today for Free and Confidential Legal Help
Whistleblower retaliation claims are among the areas in which James H. Shoemaker, Jr. has extensive experience. In a free case evaluation, he will gladly listen to your unique situation and provide legal advice. This is difficult, but you don't have to face it alone.
We can help you with your retaliation case if you call 757-223-4580. His service areas are Virginia Beach, Hampton Roads, Washington D.C., and other parts of the country.