Retaliation

Retaliation Attorney in Silver Spring

Representing Clients in Maryland & Washington D.C.

Have you experienced discrimination or harassment at work? State and federal laws give you the right to report this treatment and hold your employer accountable for developing (or allowing the development of) a hostile or abusive work environment.

However, some employers take this a step further. When an employee files a complaint regarding the discrimination or harassment, the employer resorts to some form of retaliation, ranging from a negative performance review to retaliatory discharge (i.e. termination).

At Emejuru Law, we refuse to stand for this treatment. The employment laws that protect you from discrimination also protect you from retaliation, and our job is to preserve your rights under these laws and fight for justice on your behalf.

If your employer retaliated against you simply for opposing discrimination or harassment, call our Silver Spring retaliation lawyer right away at (240) 607-5552.

Examples of Workplace Retaliation

According to the EEOC, retaliation is when an employer unlawfully punishes an employee for asserting their rights to be free from discrimination or harassment. It is the most common type of discrimination experienced by federal employees.

When you assert your rights in this way, you are engaging in a protected activity. These activities may include:

  • Participating in an EEO complaint, charge, investigation, or lawsuit
  • Voicing concerns about discrimination/harassment
  • Refusing to contribute to discrimination/harassment
  • Resisting harassment or protecting someone else from it
  • Asking others about their salaries to determine whether wage discrimination may have occurred
  • Requesting an accommodation for your disability or religious practice

Under no circumstances is it legal for an employer to retaliate against you for participating in an EEO complaint process. However, the other examples are only protected if you were operating under a reasonable suspicion that your workplace involved some violation of EEO laws.

That said, the following employment decisions may qualify as retaliation:

  • Reprimanding, disciplining, or firing you
  • Giving you a negative performance evaluation
  • Demoting you or transferring you to a disadvantageous position
  • Heightening their supervision or scrutiny of your work or activities
  • Physically or verbally abusing you
  • Spreading false rumors about you or your family
  • Retaliating against your family member
  • Adding unnecessary obstacles to your work
  • Threatening to contact the police or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Purposefully undermining your work/life balance

Generally, your employer cannot react to an EEO activity in a way that discourages others from exercising their EEO rights in the future.

Proving Workplace Retaliation

Retaliation can be difficult to prove, especially when the employer claims other non-retaliatory and non-discriminatory reasons for the above actions.

When you bring your case to Emejuru Law, our attorney will work to prove the following three elements:

  1. You engaged in a protected activity;
  2. Your employer made an adverse employment decision; and
  3. Retaliation caused your employer’s decision.

Attorney Emejuru has years of experiencing handling these types of claims, and he will not hesitate to take your case all the way to federal court if necessary. Our law firm takes pride in fighting for employees’ rights throughout Maryland and Washington D.C., and we look forward to providing the competent and passionate services you require.


Give us a call at (240) 607-5552 or contact us online to schedule your confidential consultation today.


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