What can I do if I think that I am a victim of workplace retaliation?

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What can I do if I think that I am a victim of workplace retaliation?

I am a supervisor at my place of employment. I recently reported a harassment claim against another supervisor. Immediately after I did so, the general manager accused me of having an affair with another co-worker. The supervisor I reported has also started writing down every move I make and conversations he sees me having while at work. He then reports back to the general manager. I feel very uncomfortable around both of them and it’s difficult to concentrate at work. Is this considered retaliation?

Asked on January 23, 2016 under Employment Labor Law, Hawaii

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Assuming the harassment claim you reported was harassment made illegal by the law--e.g. sexual harassment, or harassment of someone due to his/her race, religion, age over 40, or disability--then it is illegal for the employer (i.e. for its managers, supervisors, etc.) to retaliate against you for reporting it, and you may have a legal claim for compensation. The law protects the right to report these sorts of harassment or discrimination at work. You could speak to  the federal EEOC or your state equal/civil rights agency, or else consult with an employment law attorney about possibly bringing a lawsuit.


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