Standing up for certain rights while at work is protected behavior. When an employer engages in workplace retaliation by punishing an employee, the retaliatory action is impermissible.
Dan A. Atkerson is an unwarranted disciplinary action attorney in Dallas, TX who knows how to help employees who have been treated wrongfully at work for reporting discrimination and other illegal workplace practices.
What Is Unwarranted Disciplinary Action While at Work?
Human resources departments across the country are tasked with making sure workers are provided a safe workspace, and for enforcement of office policies and procedures that are in line with certain laws.
When an employer oversteps legal boundaries, workers are allowed to report improper or illegal behavior to the HR Department. Encouraging employees to stand up for their right for a discrimination free workplace, or reporting hazardous conditions that result from improper activity is the best way to promote a safe work environment. If an employee is timid or afraid to report when something goes wrong, the poor behavior can continue.
For example, failing to report a malfunctioning piece of equipment can lead to a catastrophic accident or allowing sexual harassment to continue out of fear of retaliation can lead to prolonged inappropriate behavior.
Unfortunately, when an employer takes action against an employee for making these types of reports, the employer has committed an illegal act. Any time a worker faces disciplinary action for exercising a legal right, is refused overtime, is wrongfully terminated, or loses out on a promotion because of having reported wrongful acts; the worker has the right to pursue legal action.
Types of Damages in Unwarranted Disciplinary Action Cases
Employers who wrongfully discipline a worker are subject to payment of damages to the employee for the following losses:
- Lost wages.
- A decrease in pay as a result of losing a promotion or taking a lower paying position.
- Pain and suffering.
- Damages for harm done to the professional reputation of the employee.
Every case is unique, and the damages awarded are also unique. In order to establish the best-case strategy, call on a qualified employment attorney.
If you have acted to protect yourself at work and as a result suffered a change in pay, been required to change your work schedule to your detriment, or have been wrongfully terminated, we can help. Employees have certain rights, and we take an aggressive position when protecting those rights and fighting for fair compensation for any losses suffered.
Help for Unwarranted Disciplinary Action Cases
If you have lost your job, been put on the graveyard shift, had your professional reputation damaged, or been unfairly disciplined at work, we know what to do to help. We have over 30 years of experience helping workers stand up for their employment rights. Contact us online or call our office at (214) 383-3606.