Labor and Employment

What Is Retaliation?

By Sachi Barreiro, Attorney, University of San Francisco School of Law

The same laws that prohibit employment discrimination and harassment also prohibit employers from punishing employees for exercising their rights under the law (called “retaliation”). For example, your employer may not:

  • fire or discipline you for making a complaint of discrimination or harassment
  • participating in an investigation into your employer’s discriminatory practices, or
  • requesting a reasonable accommodation for a disability or religious beliefs.

To learn more, read our article on how to file a retaliation complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Go to the main employment discrimination FAQ for employees page.

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