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How to recognize retaliation in the workplace

Retaliation is a harmful practice that some employers undertake against their employees. It can involve causing their employees to miss out on employment benefits, denying them promotions or raises, subjecting them to terminations, and many other forms of adverse conduct. An Illinois resident who suspects that they are the victim of workplace retaliation should seek legal assistance to protect their livelihood and to stop the actions of their employer.

Employers who engage in retaliation often do so because the employees undertook actions that were contrary to the interests of the employers. For example, if an employee filed a discrimination claim against their employer, that employer may choose to retaliate against them as a deterrent to other employees contemplating similar actions.

Retaliation can also become a problem for employees who choose to become whistleblowers. A whistleblower is an individual who reports a violation made by their employer to the proper regulating body or authorities. An employee who makes a lawful report as a whistleblower is granted certain protections from adverse actions by their employer.

In the end, retaliation hurts employees who try to do the right thing when it comes to discrimination, workplace violations, and other bad actions committed by their employers. It can take on many different forms and look different in different employment contexts.

Workplace retaliation is not legal and should not be tolerated in Illinois places of employment. Employment law attorneys can guide their clients through recognizing the retaliation they have suffered as well as taking legal action to remedy their losses and stop their employers' wrongful practices.

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