Employers may not retaliate against you for taking these actions

When you show up to work in Missouri, you have certain protected rights, and your employer may not treat you in an unfavorable manner, should you make the decision to exercise them. At Hollingshead & Dudley Trial Lawyers, we have a firm understanding of what these rights are, and we have helped numerous clients who were victims of retaliation in the workplace because they chose to assert them.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the entity responsible for setting the guidelines outlining these “protected activities,” and your employer may not fire you, demote you, abuse or harass you or take similar actions to make your work life uncomfortable, should you take part in such an activity. For example, your employer may not retaliate against you for answering questions truthfully, if he or she is the subject of a sexual harassment investigation. Nor can he or she retaliate against you for resisting unwanted sexual advances, or taking action to help another do the same.

Your employer also cannot penalize you for reporting wrongdoing in the workplace with regard to discrimination or harassment, nor can he or she punish you for serving as a witness in an EEO investigation or lawsuit. Additionally, EEO laws protect you against retaliation in the event that you refuse to follow the direct orders of a supervisor, if doing so would result in you committing a discriminatory, harassing or otherwise illegal practice.

Laws also protect your right to ask for special accommodations if you have a disability or a need to follow particular religious practices. You may also lawfully ask managers and colleagues about salaries, if you believe discriminatory wage practices are in place, without having to fear wrongful termination or another form of retaliation. More information about your rights in the workplace is available on our web page. 

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