HR Glossary


What is retaliation?

Retaliation is the act of punishing someone for complaining about or opposing discrimination, harassment, or other mistreatment. It can be anything from firing or demoting the employee, to reducing their hours or pay, to denying them deserved promotions or benefits. In some cases, retaliation can even involve violence or threats of violence.

Is retaliation a legal term?

Retaliation is a legal term that refers to the act of taking revenge against someone who has harmed you, or who you believe has harmed you. In the context of human resources, retaliation can refer to a variety of retaliatory behaviors, such as firing an employee in retaliation for filing a complaint, demoting an employee in retaliation for reporting harassment, or reducing an employee’s hours in retaliation for speaking out about working conditions.

Retaliation is generally illegal under federal and state law, and can give rise to a variety of legal claims, such as wrongful termination, whistleblower protection, and harassment. If you have been the victim of retaliation, it is important to speak with an attorney to determine your rights and options.

Is retaliation illegal?

Yes, retaliation is illegal. It is a violation of the law to retaliate against an employee for reporting illegal activity, for filing a discrimination or harassment complaint, or for participating in an investigation. Retaliation can take many forms, such as firing, demoting, harassing, or reducing pay or hours.


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