Norfolk Lawyers Taking on Retaliation Claims for Employees
It takes exceptional courage for an employee to report wrongdoing in the workplace. Despite the fact that retaliating against an employee is illegal under federal law, employers will frequently punish employees for reporting illegal acts, including reporting instances of illegal harassment or discrimination. Employers may also retaliate against employees for engaging in some type of protected activity.
If you or a loved one has been retaliated against, it is absolutely vital to work with knowledgeable legal counsel. For years, The Labor and Employment division of Pierce / McCoy, have fought for people in Norfolk, Virginia Beach, and across Eastern Virginia in employment litigation. Our law firm has extensive experience representing clients in these types of cases and is prepared to help you achieve a just result.
Virginia Beach Employer Retaliation Lawyers Serving Employees
The United States Supreme Court has made it clear that employer retaliation cannot be tolerated. For this and other reasons, retaliation is one of the most common types of employment claims. You may have a retaliation claim under any of these situations, including:
- Complaining about workplace discrimination or sexual harassment
- Reporting illegal activity such as fraud or concealment
- Requesting or taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) (or wrongfully prohibiting an employee from taking leave)
- Exercising rights under an employee benefit plan protected by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) such as retirement, disability, or health care plan.
Special Protections for Federal Employees
Federal employees are provided legal protections not available to employees in the private sector. The Whistleblower Protection Act protects federal employees against reprisal for making protected disclosures and assisting others in the course of a complaint or grievance right. Several years ago, Congress passed the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act to provide broader protections to federal employees who report or stand up to illegal conduct or fraud, waste, and abuse.