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Retaliation after sexual harassment

When you have been a victim of sexual harassment in the workplace, it is likely that the experience completely changed the way you feel about the workplace you are in. After making an internal complaint about the sexual harassment you experienced, you probably thought that your company would be there for you and do everything they could to remedy the situation. However, many victims of sexual harassment actually suffer retaliation after they made their complaints.

Retaliation can happen in many different workplace scenarios. It is generally most common, however, after an employee makes a complaint about something. This might result in the employee getting fired, demoted or facing some kind of punishment as a result of his or her actions. However, retaliation by the employer is always unlawful for a period of time after the employee has made a complaint.

What to do after experiencing employer retaliation

If after making a complaint about your sexual harassment you found yourself being treated differently by your employer, you may have been a victim of retaliation. For example, you may have noticed that your hours were reduced or your preferences for the type of work you wanted to do were being ignored. Perhaps you even had comments made about you and the complaint you made.

It is important to never tolerate retaliation like this. If you have experienced workplace retaliation in California, it is a good idea to make a note of all of this type of behavior and the date that it happened so that you can potentially file a legal claim against your employer for the retaliation you experienced.

Source: EEOC, "Retaliation," accessed June 08, 2018

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