Often, employees are afraid to come forward about certain situations arising in the workplace for fear of losing their jobs. However, both the state and federal governments have created protections for employees in an effort to combat an employer’s retaliation. Areas that receive protection can include, but are not limited to, situations in which the employee files an administrative complaint, files a lawsuit against the company, requests an ADA accommodation, uses FMLA, or files a worker’s compensation claim. This means that if an employee engages in a protected activity, the employer may not, as a result, retaliate against the employee. Actions that are considered retaliation can include firing the employee, reducing their hours, transferring them, or demoting them. This area involves a wide variety of activities and responses, therefore it is difficult to provide an exhaustive list of protected activities and impermissible retaliation. If you fear you have been the subject of retaliation, you should contact Zach or Nina today.