What is considered retaliation in the workplace?

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What is considered retaliation in the workplace?

I have worked for the company for a total of 4 years and while I was on a long weekend my boss changed my schedule, due to losing a manager. The day the manager failed to come in I was unable to stay to cover the additional shift. I went from having 2 closing shifts to 5 closing shifts for the following week, 1 of the nights I had requested off for a doctor’s appointment. When I brought up the issue with my boss, she informed me that I have to work it out with the other manager. When I asked our district manager why it was on for her to schedule me so many closing shift, her response was,

Asked on October 2, 2017 under Employment Labor Law, Wisconsin

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Workplave retliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in legally protected activity. So, for example, if a worker filed a complaint for a wage claim or discrimination, and was demoted, teminated or otherwise disciplined as a result. However, in your situation, this is not the case. Accordingly, unless you have a union agreement or employment contract that prohibits the actions that you outline, then you have no claim here. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of the workplace much as it sees fit. For your part, you can either accept them, complain but risk termination, or quit.


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