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Protecting yourself from retaliation

If you have blown the whistle on a wrong-doing in your company before, you may fear retaliation. It may come in the form of unfair wage cuts, being given undesirable shifts or jobs, or perhaps even being fired. However, there are certain protections in place to keep you safe from losing your job because of any reports against a company that you have filed.

If you are an at-will employee, then your employer technically has the right to be able to fire you for any reason at all, or even no reason at all. However, you are protected by the law from being fired for retaliatory reasons. This means that if you have reported harassment, discrimination or injury, your employer cannot legally fire you for that. This goes the same if you acted as a whistleblower to call your company out for anything that they were doing incorrectly. Under law, you are protected from losing your job for these reasons.

However, that does not necessarily mean that your employer will not attempt to fire you. If you believe that you were fired for retaliatory reasons, you must be able to prove it through a viable claim. If you are able to do that, then your employer will be disallowed from following through with their threats of firing you.

To read more about retaliatory firing and what you can do to protect yourself from it, please follow the link. It will take you to our web page, where you can look up more information about what you can and cannot legally be fired for at the workplace.

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