Retaliation for Complaints of Discrimination or Harassment
If your employer retaliates against you, under Kentucky and federal laws, you may have a legal claim for retaliation. The employment retaliation attorneys at Abney Law Office can advise you of your rights and defend your interests in court.
The Kentucky Civil Rights Acts and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 make it illegal for employers to discriminate against or harass you based upon race, color, gender, national origin, disability, age, pregnancy, or religious beliefs.
These laws protect you from discrimination and harassment, but they also prevent your employer from retaliating against you for reporting or making a complaint of harassment or discrimination. The purpose of these anti-retaliation protections is to encourage employees to come forward with reports fo discrimination without fear of reprisals like being fired or demoted. Lawmakers and courts have recognized that anti-discrimination protections are useless if your employer can punish you for exercising those rights to be free from discrimination.
Numerous Kentucky, federal, and even local laws protect employees when they exercise their protected rights. For example, various laws protect you from retaliation for engaging in the following activities:
- Pursuing a worker’s compensation claim
- Making a complaint about illegal discrimination
- Making a complaint about sexual harassment
- Using leave under the Family Medical Leave Act
- Making a complaint about unpaid overtime or wages
- Healthcare workers reporting unsafe conditions for patients
- Reports to OSHA about workplace hazards
Other laws like the Kentucky Whistle Blower Act, protect public employees from retaliation for reporting things like violations of the law, mismanagement, fraud, waste, or abuse of authority.
An experienced Kentucky retaliation attorney can explain all of the applicable laws and options. If you think you have been retaliated against for exercising your rights, contact the retaliation attorneys at Abney Law online or call (502) 498-8585 to schedule a free consultation.