Some people find it difficult to stand up for what is right. This feeling is understandable as some individuals may face negative repercussions for trying to help others or take action along those lines. However, if a worker faces retaliation in the workplace for standing up for a co-worker's claim of discrimination, that worker may have cause to take legal action.
New York residents may be interested in such a lawsuit that was recently filed in another state. Reports indicated that a worker was going to act as a witness in a co-workers case involving claims of discrimination against their employer. However, the employer attempted to get the worker not to testify and change his story so that the co-worker's discrimination claims were discredited. The employer even attempted to give the worker money and other benefits if he would not testify.
The worker did not change his mind about acting as a witness, and as a result, his employer reduced his work hours. As a result, the man filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, claiming that he was retaliated against. The EEOC recently filed a lawsuit on the man's behalf and are pursuing compensation and back pay.
Employers should understand that they cannot intimidate or retaliate against workers who are exercising their legal rights to fight against discrimination and other similar actions. If New York workers believe that they have faced retaliation, they may want to explore their legal options for seeking justice. Working with experienced attorneys can help concerned parties understand their rights and avenues of action.