Columbus Retaliation Attorney / Ohio Retaliation Lawyer
Employees are protected under both federal and state law from a wide variety of forms of retaliation by their employers. Federal statutes such as the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Civil Rights Act of 1964 / Title VII, and numerous other federal laws not only protect employees and guarantee them important rights, but also protect from retaliation for exercising their rights or opposing discrimination under these acts. Indeed, the purpose of these laws would be significantly undermined if an employer could take retaliatory action against its employees for simply exercising their rights or opposing practices believed to be improper. Importantly, an employee may have a claim for illegal retaliation by an employer even if the conduct complained of was not actually improper as long as the employee reasonably believed his or her rights had been violated at the time of making a complaint.
Additionally, state law also protects employees from retaliation by an employer. One such law that is commonly violated by employers is the anti-retaliation provisions of Ohio’s Workers’ Compensation Act, R.C. 4123, et seq. We frequently see employees who have their hours cut or are even fired because they were injured on the job and pursued their rights to file a workers’ compensation claim. Such retaliation is expressly prohibited under Ohio law.
If you believe you may have an employment retaliation claim or that your employer may have illegally retaliated against you for exercising your rights, contact our Columbus Retaliation Lawyers today to discuss your legal rights. You may have a valid employment retaliation claim and speaking with an Ohio retaliation attorney will ensure you know your rights.