There are many ways your boss may fire back if you complain or act as a whistleblower. If you were being disruptive, these types of sanctions may simply be bad leadership. However, if you were exercising your state or federal rights as an employee, these types of behaviors could constitute a basis for an employment lawsuit.

If you complained recently, you would probably want to keep an eye out for possible workplace retaliation. Getting fired could qualify for this type of dispute, but there exist other, subtler indications that your employers are violating your rights under federal law. Here are some examples:

1. False review claims

When your boss adds subjective assessments to your employer review, it may be retaliation. If you could demonstrate evidence that your boss’s complaints about you are false, that could strengthen the claim that you are being punished for an act that was well within your rights to carry out.

2. Undesirable shift assignments

It is likely that your company has some shifts that nobody wants. If you find yourself often assigned to weekend or night work, especially if you used to be on a more normal schedule, that could be the result of your boss firing back.

3. Reasonable request denials

Vacation time is another way some employers retaliate against so-called problem employees. If you have had denials of vacation time, time off or other types of requests since you complained or filed a suit, this could be a violation of your rights.

There is no reason you have to tolerate this type of unjust action. Your boss may have the power within your company, but that company itself is subject to federal workplace regulations.