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What is retaliation?

Finding a good job can be challenging and holding onto it can at times be even more difficult. As many employees in Missouri know, job stability is a precious thing and it is all too easy to make a minor mistake that ultimately leads to your dismissal. If you have a volatile employer, you may even find yourself feeling nervous about standing up for your employee rights or reporting issues you may find within the organization.

Standing up to your superiors can be extremely daunting, yet it is your right to do so. While you may fear for your job, it is important to remember that your rights as an employee are protected by law. If you are dismissed for defending those rights, for filing a complaint within the organization or for reporting a safety violation, this is generally considered to be retaliatory discharge and you may be able to take legal action.

As this article on wrongful termination explains, there are other forms of dismissal that fall into the category of retaliatory or that are considered illegal for other reasons. These include discriminatory dismissal, sexual harassment, or dismissal for refusing to break the law. If any of these apply to you, you may be entitled to compensation and might even be able to orchestrate the reinstatement of your position.

Every case is different, but an attorney may be able to help you understand your options and point you in the right direction. With the right support and guidance you can confront an unfair employer and work toward securing the justice and remuneration that you deserve.

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