Retaliation is Illegal


You have the right to reject discriminatory treatment or conditions and to complain about discrimination in your workplace. Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal to retaliate against those who assert their rights under the law by rejecting discrimination or making a complaint of discrimination with the company or an anti-discrimination agency.

Despite the law, employers sometimes do retaliate against workers who assert their legal rights. Retaliation can take many forms. Firing a worker, reducing their work hours or pay, or refusing to rehire a worker all can constitute illegal retaliation.

Workers sometimes experience retaliation not only for complaining themselves, but also when they serve as witnesses in someone else's case, and even for being related to someone else who made a discrimination complaint. All of these forms of retaliation are illegal.

If you believe that you have been retaliated against, you have the right to file a charge of discrimination with the EEOC. You should contact the EEOC or an attorney in your state as soon as possible if you feel that you were retaliated against.