Here are some of the most common laws protecting workers from retaliation:
Workplace harassment and discrimination. You may not be fired for making a complaint about harassment or discrimination in the workplace; for participating in an investigation of these issues; or for exercising your rights under these laws.
Wage and hour laws. Your employer may not fire you for complaining, whether internally or to the Department of Labor, that your employer has failed to pay the minimum wage, failed to pay overtime, denied legally required breaks, or illegally kept a portion of your tips.
Here are some other of the most common laws protecting workers from retaliation:
Leave laws. You can’t be fired for exercising your right to take leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act or similar state laws, to take workers’ compensation leave, to take time off to vote or serve on a jury, to take paid sick leave, or to take any other legally protected time off work.
Health and safety laws. You may not be fired for reporting, whether within your company or to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, health and safety violations at your workplace.
Worker’s compensation laws. Your employer may not fire or otherwise penalize you for filing a workers’ compensation claim for an on-the-job injury.
David Payab, Esq. from The Law Offices of Payab & Associates can be reached @ (800) 401-4466 or by visiting http://payablaw.com