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Jacksonville Retaliation Claim Attorney

Fight Back Against Employer Retaliation

Most employment law statutes and regulations prohibiting discrimination or other unlawful acts against employees also contain anti-retaliation provisions. Speak with Jacksonville Employment Lawyer Shands Wulbern at once if you are in need of legal representation for a retaliation claim.

Each of the following pieces of legislation prohibits retaliation against employees who engage in legally protected activities:

  • Florida Worker's Compensation Act
  • The Florida Civil Rights Act
  • Title VII
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
  • Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA)
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)
  • Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

You are legally protected to take charge, testify, or to participate in any proceeding or hearing under these statutes. Protected activities include opposing acts made unlawful by the statutes and valid claims for compensation under the Workers' Compensation Act. Opposition to unlawful acts is generally regarded as making either internal or external complaints with a reasonable good faith belief that the employer engaged in unlawful acts under the relevant statute. Speak with the firm's Jacksonville employment lawyer if you need assistance with your retaliation claim.

Assistance with Adverse Employment Actions

Acts of retaliation are referred to as adverse employment actions and include more than termination from employment.

Retaliatory conduct may include:

  • Hostile work environment
  • Harassment
  • Demotion
  • Discipline
  • Reduced pay or benefits
  • Denied promotions
  • Denied advancement opportunities
  • Inferior job assignments

In general, retaliation includes an adverse action that materially alters the terms and conditions of employment. The key factor is whether the adverse action would likely deter a reasonable employee from making a claim of discrimination. If it is established that the protected activity is causally connected to an adverse employment action, then an employee may have a valid claim for retaliation.

In regard to claims of discrimination, retaliation violations can subject employers to significant liability, which may include damages in the form of lost back pay, lost front pay, emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorney fees and costs.

To find out more about your legal rights and whether you may have a valid claim for retaliation, contact the Law Office of Shands M. Wulbern, P.A.