What constitutes workplace retaliation?

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What constitutes workplace retaliation?

I was fired from my job 3 years ago now but I spoke up about issues concerning my area. I took initiative towards my work. I reported my co-workers for stealing. My bosses didn’t do their jobs correctly, so my co-workers and I suffered for it. However, I was fired for a Facebook post saying that my store manager was taking us down with the ship since we had a full backroom on account of him ordering too much. I was told I bring down morale yet the guys that were being hired complained either way and quit within a couple of months. I was fired once before but was immediately rehired after I told my boss it was wrongful termination on account of my co-worker leaving the backroom constantly without notice and I made them aware when I left to use the bathroom. I did my job and showed I cared for the work I was doing.

Asked on November 18, 2018 under Employment Labor Law, Oklahoma


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

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Workplace retaliation has to do with any adverse action that an employer takes against a worker in response to a complaint that the worker has made about discrimination or employment laws. Based on what you have stated, this does not appear to be the case. Further, unless you had protection against your firing under the terms of an employment contract or union agreement, you have no claim. The fact is that a company can set the conditions of work much as it sees fit. Accordingly, a worker can be terminated for any reason or no reason at all, with or without notice. 

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