Everyone has bad days at work. During those times, it can feel as though everyone is out to get you. However, there are times when one or more people at work actually may be out to get you.
You may be one of many people here in Oregon and across the country who made a complaint regarding some form of discrimination or harassment. As you should, you expected your superiors to look into your allegations. Whether you have heard anything or not regarding your complaint, at least some people around you began treating you differently. The question is whether you are the victim of retaliation.
Is it legally retaliation?
Just because you feel as though the people around you are treating you differently, that does not necessarily mean you are the victim of retaliation. However, if you experience any of the following scenarios in the wake your complaint, it could constitute retaliation:
- If you find yourself under increased scrutiny by your superiors
- If your employer gives you a lower than expected performance review
- If your employer begins reprimanding you for behavior or activities not previously at issue
- If your superiors transferred you to a less desirable position
- If your employer does something that makes it more difficult for you to work, such as changing your work schedule
- If you discover someone is spreading false rumors about you
- If your employer threatens to report you to some authority or actually does
- If one of your family members is suddenly treated negatively by your employer
Other actions may also be considered retaliation. In any case, you must provide evidence of these actions if you take your claims of retaliation outside the company. Knowing what would make good evidence isn't always an easy task. However, a good place to start is by documenting as much as possible.
What should you do next?
The next step would most likely involve obtaining a thorough understanding of your rights and legal options. Doing so will help you determine how you would like to handle the situation. While litigation may be an option at some point, you may need to go through other steps to get to that point. The more you know about what you face, the better off you will be.
For this and other reasons, you may want to consult with an attorney as soon as possible after you realize you may be the victim of retaliation. Working with a legal advocate could increase the odds of coming to a satisfactory resolution to your situation.