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Types of retaliation that may not be obvious

On Behalf of | Apr 11, 2018 | Employment Law |

It is important for all employees to understand that they do not have to put up with retaliation in the workplace after bringing discrimination to the attention of the employer. Workers generally have plenty of rights they can exercise if they feel they received retaliatory unfair treatment.

One of the better-known forms of retaliation is for a business owner to fire an employee. However, not all types of retaliation will be as obvious. Some employers may engage in subtler tactics.


This can manifest itself in both professional and social settings. A boss may no longer invite an employee to important business meetings where people discuss crucial matters. The decisions in these meetings can impact an employee’s work life. However, exclusion can also take the form of more personal matters. For example, a boss may invite some co-workers out to lunch and exclude someone. This may not affect day-to-day responsibilities, but it can become isolating to always feel separated from people who an employee works closely with.

Passed over for promotion

There may be a perfectly reasonable explanation for why one person received a promotion over another. However, if it is obvious that the one passed over has greater qualifications for the promotion than someone else, then other factors may be at play. An employee can always speak with the supervisor about why he or she did not receive a promotion to see what the employer’s exact reasoning is.

Post-employment retaliation

Employees may decide it is time to leave their job for a great number of reasons. They may think they are away from their boss permanently but may soon discover they need a letter of recommendation from this person. Most supervisors will be more than happy to provide it. If an employer avoids offering this, this could be a sign of retaliation, depending on the circumstances.