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Retaliation: No place for a hostile work environment in Texas

Retaliation is illegal in the workplace. Retaliation could happen when you report a crime or misbehavior, but instead of being rewarded for your honesty, you're punished. If you have to alert the workplace to sexual harassment, discrimination or other incidents, you shouldn't have to worry about your job or safety being at risk.

Employees who report such behavior can sometimes face additional harassment and discrimination from coworkers or their employers just for reporting it. Fortunately, Texas has many laws that prevent this kind of retaliation. Whether you've spoken out about disability, religious, age or sexual discrimination or have had to report fraud or other violations of federal laws, you have the right to do so without the fear of what happens to you next.

Retaliation comes in a number of forms. An employer could, for example, terminate the employee simply for reporting an incident. The employee could face a reduction in pay or hours, forcing them to look elsewhere for a better job. Changes to an employee's schedule is another way some employers try to make work more difficult for employees who have rocked the boat. Other forms of retaliation could include the denial of a promotion or even demotion.

Reporting discrimination and other unlawful activity is a legally protected right. If you want to learn more about whistleblower laws and retaliation laws or if you think you may have faced retaliation in the workplace, you may want to look at our sexual harassment webpage and learn more about the options you have legally. You don't have to continue to put up with harassment or discrimination in your workplace.

Source: The Galo Law Firm, "Retaliation in the Workplace" Sep. 04, 2014

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