When Employers Strike Back for Asserting Your Rights
Pennsylvania Employment Law Attorneys
At the law firm of McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., we represent victims of sexual harassment or job discrimination who were fired or targeted for filing formal complaints or threatening legal action.
Our knowledgeable lawyers have obtained monetary damages and other legal remedies (reinstatement, promotion) for retaliation by the employer, condoned retaliation by the accused, and for wrongful termination.
We Will Fight for You Call 717-260-3646 or 866-716-2315 or e-mail us for a free case evaluation. We represent workers throughout Dauphin County, south central Pennsylvania and statewide.
Retaliation - Suffering the Consequences
We represent men and women who suffered a tangible backlash after filing complaints of sexual harassment or employment discrimination on the basis of disability, age, race, national origin, religion or sex. We also represent employees who experienced retaliation for supporting a co-worker's claim or reporting other violations.
Retaliation takes many forms:
- Disciplinary measures or poor performance reviews
- Suspension without pay
- Demotion, transfer or reassignment
- Denial of previous job perks
- Verbal hostility or threats
- Failure to promote
Wrongful Discharge - They Made Up a Reason
Rather than disciplining you, management begins building a case to fire you. You are written up for coming in late, but others are not. The company finds a pretext to suspend you or put a discrediting reprimand in your file, and terminates employment within weeks or months.
At McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., we dig deeper to reveal the retaliatory nature of the termination. Did you have positive reviews before filing a complaint? Was any action taken against the co-worker accused of harassment? Were you held to a different standard than others? Are there former employees or co-workers willing to give statements on your behalf?
Constructive Discharge - No Choice But to Quit
We don't pass judgment if you have already quit your job. But generally, we advise clients to "stick it out" and force the employer to terminate them, or at least stay long enough to document the harassment or discrimination. If you did/do resign, you may have a viable claim for constructive discharge - i.e., the employer created such a hostile work environment that no reasonable person would stay.
Do You Have a Claim for Retaliation?
Many times the handwriting is on the wall. Whether you are already terminated or believe the employer is angling to get rid of you, contact us today. At McCarthy Weisberg Cummings, P.C., we will assess your grounds to sue or show you how to document the illegal treatment to support a later claim.
We offer a free initial consultation and take many cases on a contingency basis - no attorney fees unless we secure compensation.
Larry Weisberg is the contributing author to this content.