What Is Retaliation?
Retaliation is any act of revenge or backlash against someone who has reported harassment. This includes any negative act as a result of the complaint.
Examples of Retaliation
Mistreatment from co-workers or supervisors can occur if they believe the victim is:
- Seeking attention.
- Otherwise causing trouble.
Co-workers and/or supervisors can be guilty of isolating a victim in many says, such as, no longer inviting the victim to lunch or to be part of meetings.
Other forms of retaliation include hostile actions, such as:
In severe cases, retaliators may threaten or assault a victim who has reported harassment.
Some forms of retaliation can mean negative career effects for the victim: Some negative effects include:
- Resignation by the victim to avoid uncomfortable situations that can result from reporting harassment.
- Poor evaluation.
- Withdrawal or holding back of a deserved promotion or raise.
- Sabotage of the victim's work.
- Forced unpaid leave of absence.
These are all forms of retaliation that are just as illegal as harassment itself.
In these situations of retaliation, the victim reported an initial harassment, and is now being harassed even further in response to the filed report. Sometimes this behavior comes from the accused harasser, and sometimes it comes from other sources.
Regardless of who performs the act, any of these behaviors are illegal and must not be tolerated.