When you first started your job, you may have felt well-liked and as if others appreciated the work that you did. You always performed your duties to the best of your abilities and tried to ensure that your workplace remained a welcoming environment. Then one day, things changed.

You may have begun to feel shunned by coworkers or suddenly started receiving poor performance reviews. You may have even missed out on a promotion you thought was a sure thing. In a worst-case scenario, your employer may have suddenly fired you from your job. What happened?

Were you the victim of retaliation?

Because you wanted your workplace to remain a welcoming environment, you may have made complaints when others carried out harassing behaviors, or you may have refused to carry out discriminatory actions even when ordered to by your superiors. If you began to experience unfair treatment on the job after such an event or one similar, your employer or others may be retaliating against you.

You may have a difficult time determining whether retaliation has occurred, but if you faced any of the following actions after filing a complaint, requesting an accommodation for a disability, resisting sexual advances or trying to uncover other wrongdoing in the workplace, you may have been retaliated against:

  • Your employer disciplined you or gave you a lower performance evaluation than you deserved.
  • Your superiors or coworkers began to verbally or even physically abuse you.
  • Your work started to receive more intense and unnecessary scrutiny.
  • Others intentionally made it more difficult for you to complete your work.
  • Your employer demoted you or gave you unfavorable work.
  • Others began to spread false rumors about you or otherwise attempted to damage your reputation.

This list is only a few of the actions that could constitute workplace retaliation. As mentioned, you could even have lost your job as the result of your employer’s attempt to get back at you for an action that may have reflected badly on him or her or the company. Fortunately, you do not have to accept such mistreatment.

Legal action

Various employment laws allow for protections against retaliatory actions and other mistreatment in the workplace. If you believe that your employer, superior or coworkers retaliated against you, you may have reason to take legal action. In order to gain more information and an assessment of your situation, you may wish to speak with a New York attorney.