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Retaliation is unfortunately common after harassment complaints

On Behalf of | May 15, 2024 | Employee Rights

When you take the courageous step to file a sexual harassment claim or report, you set in motion a series of events that can impact your personal and professional life. The aftermath of such a claim is often fraught with challenges, including the potential for retaliation, which can manifest in various forms.

Knowing what could happen after you act on mistreatment can give you the confidence to address any potential problems that may arise in the wake of your claim.

Retaliation: A legitimate concern

An employer’s or coworker’s desire for revenge after a sexual harassment complaint can lead to further mistreatment in the form of retaliation. It can take many shapes, from overt actions like demotion or termination to more subtle forms such as social ostracization or increased scrutiny.

The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) revealed that sexual harassment accounted for nearly 30% of all harassment charges filed between 2018 and 2021. Many victims also went on to file retaliation complaints in the aftermath.

Legal protections: You have rights

Under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the law safeguards victims of sexual harassment against retaliation. This protection means employers may not take adverse actions – such as demotion, dismissal or unfavorable reassignment – against those who report harassment. 

Since retaliatory acts are unlawful and subject to legal consequences, it is critical to report such conduct. The responsible party will likely face consequences for retaliation, even if they were already penalized for sexual harassment.

You may benefit from support

You may continue facing employment challenges, including retaliation, long after speaking out about sexual harassment. Legal representation can offer guidance and support if you go on facing mistreatment in your Indiana workplace.



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