Workplaces should be environments where individuals can thrive, collaborate and contribute to the success of the organization. Unfortunately, employees may find themselves facing retaliation for various reasons, including filing workers’ compensation claims or filing a whistleblower complaint.
It is important to be aware of the signs of retaliation to foster a healthy and supportive work atmosphere.
Sudden changes in work assignments
One subtle sign of retaliation is an abrupt shift in your work responsibilities. If you notice a sudden change in your tasks, especially if it seems disproportionate or unjustified, it could be a form of retaliation. Employers may attempt to undermine your position by altering your job duties.
Isolation and exclusion
Retaliation can manifest through social isolation and exclusion from workplace activities. Colleagues may suddenly avoid interacting with you, and you may find yourself excluded from meetings or events. If this isolation seems unrelated to your job performance or conduct, it might be retaliation.
Negative performance reviews after a complaint
If you have recently filed a complaint or raised concerns about workplace issues, pay close attention to your performance reviews. Look for negative feedback or unjustified criticism because they could be signs that your performance reviews are a means of retaliation.
Unwarranted disciplinary actions
Watch for disciplinary measures that seem out of proportion to your actions. This may include reprimands, suspensions or other disciplinary measures that seem disconnected from your actual performance.
Changes in work schedule or benefits
Pay attention to unexplained alterations to your work hours or reductions in benefits. These changes could be an attempt to undermine your job satisfaction and well-being. Such changes, when unrelated to job performance, may be indicative of retaliation.
Retaliation is against the law, so pay attention to how your company treats you and those around you.