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An employer violates the law if it takes any retaliatory action against an employee who complains about discrimination to his or her employer or to a federal or state agency.

An employer may not retaliate against an employee for:

  • filing a complaint/charge of discrimination;
  • participating in an investigation of discrimination; or
  • otherwise opposing discrimination in the workplace.

Examples of Retaliation:

  • termination;
  • demotion;
  • discipline;
  • coercion;
  • intimidation;
  • threat;
  • harassment; or
  • interference with the exercise of the individual’s rights or encouragement or support of another individual exercising his/her legal rights not to be discriminated against.