You have a variety of rights as an employee. For example, unless you are exempt, your employer is required to pay you at least the federal minimum wage. You may also have a right to overtime pay if you work more than 40 hours in a week.
Employees also have the right to take action if they are denied minimum wage or overtime or their other rights are infringed upon. When employees file complaints, it is illegal for their employers to retaliate against them. If you are retaliated against for asserting your rights, you should consider contacting an experienced employment attorney in Maryland.
Retaliation is an illegal activity that occurs when an employer takes action in response to an employee who engaged in protected activities. Common examples of protected activities for which employers cannot retaliate include:
If you believe that you may have been retaliated against for participating in these or other protected work activities, contact an employment lawyer to determine your rights.
Retaliation is any negative action that an employer takes against an employee that affects the terms or conditions of employment. If an employer takes action that would discourage someone from complaining about the wrongful acts, it may be unlawful retaliation.
The clearest form of retaliation is terminating an employee for participating in protected activity. However, other forms of retaliation are also prohibited, such as demoting an employee or giving a negative performance review due to retaliation.
Other forms of prohibited retaliation include:
Most employers will not specifically state that they have taken a negative action against an employee for the employee taking part in protected activity because employers know this is illegal. You will have the burden of showing the link between your complaint and the negative action that was taken against you.
You will likely need various forms of evidence to prove you were retaliated against, such as:
If you believe that you have been wrongfully retaliated against, it is important that you contact an experienced employment lawyer to learn about your rights. Our skilled legal team can help evaluate the circumstances surrounding your claim and discuss your legal options during a free, no-risk consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so there are no fees or costs unless we help you recover on your claim.
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