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Dealing with retaliation on the job

Employers in Florida and throughout the country are generally not allowed to retaliate against workers who assert their legal rights in the workplace. However, it is still possible for a worker to be terminated, demoted or otherwise treated differently after engaging in a protected act. There are several different steps that workers can take if they believe that they have been treated in an unfair manner. The first step is to speak directly with the party acting in a potentially retaliatory manner.

It is possible that the action was taken in error or was otherwise a misunderstanding. A simple conversation may be enough to get a manager or colleague to stop acting in an illegal manner. If that doesn't work, it may be a good idea to file a charge with the EEOC. This can be done either at a field office or by going to its website.

Individuals who are the victims of harassment at work may wish to simply say or do nothing about the situation. In some cases, this may cause the behavior to stop. However, it is also possible that it causes an employer or another party to continue to discriminate against or harass a worker. Workers are encouraged to learn more about their employer's internal anti-harassment policies and how they may be used to put an end to retaliatory behavior.

Employees who have been the victims of workplace retaliation may wish to discuss the matter with an an attorney. Doing so may make it easier to determine how to handle the matter and whether to pursue a lawsuit as opposed to a settlement.

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