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Retaliation in the workplace should not be tolerated

Not long ago this blog discussed the very serious legal topic of workplace retaliation. Workplace retaliation occurs when an employee suffers work-related consequences for taking action against a policy, practice or other employment matter that happens in their job environment. Workplace retaliation can be the failure of an employee to be promoted, the removal of job responsibilities or benefits from a person's scope of duties or any number of other actions that constitute adverse employment action against an employee.

Actress Mira Sorvino has been vocal in the news regarding the apparent retaliation that she faced after deflecting the sexual advances of embattled producer Harvey Weinstein. Per Sorvino, after turning down Weinstein's advances, the producer spread untrue statements about her in the movie industry, thus blacklisting her from work despite her having earned an Academy Award. Her failure to find work in the wake of her stance against Weinstein is a serious case of retaliation against a person in their field of work.

New Yorkers do not have to have jobs in high profile fields like the entertainment industry to suffer workplace retaliation. It happens in all industries and to men and women at different places in their careers.

A victim of workplace retaliation should not have to stand up to their legal problems alone. Workplace retaliation is illegal and those who commit it may be held accountable for the harm they cause. The law firm of Mitchell, Pollack & Associates is committed to supporting individuals who have had to endure retaliation in their jobs for standing up for what they know is right. If you have questions regarding your case, you should contact an employment law for employees attorney.

Source: NBC News, "Peter Jackson seems to confirm Weinstein blacklisted Mira Sorvino, Ashley Judd," Daniel Arkin, December 15, 2017

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