As a "whistleblower," or someone that calls attention to illegal actions or wrongdoings by a company, individual or place of business, you have certain protections at the state and federal levels. While you have a right to a work environment that is free from discrimination and harassment, you are also protected in your right to alert the proper authorities about illicit activities without fearing retaliation when you clock in.
It's no secret: fit, healthy employees are better employees. They are less likely to get sick, have more energy and confidence, have a better attitude and suffer less from stress.
There is no place for retaliation in the workplace. But even though this is prohibited by the law, it is a problem that bogs down many companies every year.
If you have reason to believe you are a victim of workplace retaliation, there is a good chance you are right. While some employees know what workplace retaliation looks like, others are unsure. They don't know if they are being retaliated against. Furthermore, they don't know what to do about this.
In November 2012, a pharmacist was fired after working for Walmart for 18 years. She alleges it was retaliation on her employer's bar and gender discrimination that lead to her dismissal.
Generally speaking, workplace retaliation comes down to one thing: one party making another afraid.
A glass ceiling claim has nothing to do with the actual ceiling in your office. Instead, this has everything to do with protecting your rights as an employee and ensuring that you are on the right path to bigger and better things in your professional life.
When an employee speaks out against a company, it is easy for this person to believe they will be retaliated against.
If you file a charge of discrimination or oppose this type of behavior in any way, it is unlawful for your employer to take adverse action.
There are state and federal laws to protect employees against retaliation. Most employers are aware of these laws, however, this does not mean they are going to abide by them at all times.