Workers across the state of New York have a host of legal rights at their disposal. For example, they have the right to be paid at least the minimum wage. They are also entitled to work in an environment that is free from discrimination or harassment.
In some instances, employees who speak up about such unlawful practices face employer retaliation. Below are top two reasons why:
1. Filing a workers’ comp claim
If you are injured on the job, you are entitled to file a workers’ compensation claim that pays for your medical expenses, lost wages and more. Employers are sometimes averse to this because such claims can raise their insurance premiums. Some often discourage employees from filing – or retaliate against them if they do.
2. Complaining about wages or working conditions
As stated, you are entitled to receive at least the minimum wage in the state of New York. You are also well within your rights to complain about unlawful activities in the workplace or poor conditions. Sadly, many employers will retaliate against an employee for doing so out of fear of getting fined or in legal trouble. These can include firing the employee, switching the employee to less desirable projects or working shifts.
Retaliation can take numerous forms, including hostile treatment, reduced wages and hours or even termination. If you believe you have received negative treatment from your employer because you exercised your right to a protected activity, you may have a cause of action.