Some employers feel wronged when an employee files a claim against them or insists on their rights in a dispute. In some cases, an employer will attempt to “get even” through retaliatory acts against the employee.
You have the right to insist that your rights or those of a fellow employee are observed and protected. As long as you are not attempting to foster disobedience, rejecting legitimate work or encouraging others to do the same, you have a number of “protected activities.”
For example, you can testify on behalf of coworkers in discrimination lawsuits, you can file a discrimination suit, you can inform the employer that you will file a claim to encourage compliance, you can file a worker’s compensation claim and you can even take part in whistle blowing activities and expect your job to be protected.
In situations such as these, workplace retaliation can be quite obvious. You should speak to a lawyer on this and do it soon if you feel you have a legitimate claim. The key here is that an employer cannot punish you for insisting on your legal and protected rights.