Retaliation occurs when you’ve made a protective report, there’s been retaliation against you, adverse action has occurred, and those two are causally connected. So what we do immediately is focus in on what the protective report is, what did you complain about, and how does it link to a violation of law or public policy, and second, how have you been harmed, what has the employer done to take action against you? And we connect the two, we establish and we look at all the evidence about whether or not those two things are causally related. They can happen closely in time. The employer can have an extreme reaction to you bringing a complaint to their attention that, even if the bad act happens a long time later, it can be traced to that retaliatory response. So we basically organize our investigation and our evidence into each of those categories that prove retaliation.
About Larry Schaefer
Lawrence P. Schaefer has earned the respect of judges and other lawyers for his thorough and aggressive client advocacy in negotiation and litigation. He focuses exclusively on representing people who have been subject to employment discrimination at work. Larry serves as the firm’s President and head of litigation. Learn more >
About Toni Halleen
Toni has practiced employment law since graduating from law school in 1988. The field appeals to her because in our society, our jobs can be core to our identity and well-being. Even in her early years in the 70s and 80s, Toni remembers being drawn to ideals of justice, fairness, and social equality in attending anti-discrimination marches, participating in school activism, and admiring the political satire of the Smothers Brothers (and others). Learn more >