Over the last several decades, the federal government (as well as many state and local entities) have determined that the state has a vital interest in both incentivizing employees to report unethical behavior and to protect them from retaliation for doing so.
Much of attorney James Shoemaker's employment law work is concerned with protecting employees who engage in protected activities and suffer retaliation for it. Mr. Shoemaker is committed to ensuring that you are allowed to work and earn a living after doing the right thing.
With his decades of experience advocating for workers and their rights, Mr. Shoemaker is the right choice when you need legal expertise.
If you're looking for an experienced workplace retaliation lawyer in the state of Virginia, please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580.
Why Would I Suffer Retaliation?
When we talk about "engaging in protected activities," we mainly refer to employees reporting unethical behavior or trying to defend their rights – financial and otherwise. These actions are protected by federal law; you cannot be punished by your employer because you engaged in one of these activities.
Employees often suffer retribution for:
- Reporting violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act or the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
- Reporting sexual harassment or employment discrimination
The most common form of retaliation is firing an employee, and you can learn more on this topic at our Wrongful Discharge page. But there are other forms of retaliation that some companies will inflict on employees, including:
- Pay cuts
- Loss of hours
- Placing the most unpleasant work responsibilities on the employee's shoulders
It can be difficult to prove retaliation – it's not enough to point to a demotion or suspension. You must prove that you were engaged in a protected activity that the management decision in question was retaliation for that action.
Mr. Shoemaker and the experienced staff at Patten, Wornom, Hatten & Diamonstein know how to successfully pursue these claims. We will listen to your story, take it seriously, advise you on the best course of action and, if we take the case, vigorously pursue the compensation to which you are entitled.
Many people are reluctant to do anything about workplace retaliation. They don't want to risk their jobs, their only source of income. But you don't have to just accept retaliation. You have legal protections, and you should take advantage of them.
If you need to speak with an experienced employment lawyer about your legal options as the victim of workplace retaliation, please call Mr. Shoemaker today at 757-223-4580.