What Is Retaliation in the Workplace? Here Are Your Rights and What to Know

By Rainesford Stauffer


Retaliation, to put it simply, occurs when an employer — including representatives of an employer, like a manager, supervisor, or human resources staffer — takes adverse action against an employee as a result of them engaging in protected activity, Emily Andrews, director of education, labor & worker justice at the Center for Law and Social Policy, tells me. “Protected activity” includes: asking to take the vacation your contract guarantees; requesting payment of wages; as well as requesting accommodation for a disability; asking about salary information, and more.

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