Retaliation Laws

Published: | Updated: October 14, 2017

Definition - What does Retaliation Laws mean?

Retaliation laws prohibit an employer from punishing an employee for exercising an equal employment opportunity right. The punishment in question can take various forms, including discrimination and termination.

Insuranceopedia explains Retaliation Laws

Retaliation happens when an employer displays negative behavior toward an employee for doing something they believe defames the work environment or the image of the company but which is, in fact, within the employee's rights. The employer's negative behavior include firing or demoting the employee.

Among the acts that are considered legally protected activity are testifying against an employer in a court case, inquiring about a disparity in wages, and resisting discrimination and harassment.

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