Being treated unfairly on the job can be irksome to any New York worker. In some cases, the treatment may be annoying but not actually illegal. However, if the mistreatment results after a worker has filed a complaint or participated in an investigation into wrongdoing in the workplace, he or she could be facing retaliation.
Retaliation typically involves unfair treatment, such as a demotion or even termination, after a worker participates in a protected activity. As mentioned, filing complaints about wrongdoing in the workplace and participating in any investigations regarding unfair treatment are protected activities, and other actions such as utilizing time off under the Family and Medical Leave Act or requesting accommodations for a disability are also protected activities. Of course, retaliation does not have to come in the form of a major action like being fired.