While these facts may succeed in Illinois, the judge in Alabama found that their state law did not support a retaliation claim. The standard in Alabama is that the retaliation must be “so severe that no reasonable person could be expected to endure it.”
Employment law attorneys can help anyone dismissed, demoted, or otherwise facing an adverse employment action figure out whether they have a valid claim. The first step any employee should take is, within 180 days of the adverse employment action, contact the EEOC and file a charge against your employer. Contacting an employment law attorney before filing your EEOC charge can help, but it is not required.
Employment law attorneys can also help companies craft employment practices that minimize liability and promote employee productivity. Companies should know their rights and how they can conduct at-will or contract employment to ensure that they can quickly and cheaply fend of lawsuits at the dismissal stage.