Retaliation May Result in Demotion

December 27, 2012

Retaliation May Result in Demotion 150 150 Shegerian Law

Retaliation Is Illegal!

Retaliation can take place in a number of ways. For instance, an employer can wrongfully discharge an employee, create a hostile workplace, or even subject them to demotion.

A worker has the right to keep their job after disclosing the negative actions that are transpiring in the work environment. If an employer violates these protections, they can be sanctioned and fined. In addition, an employee can receive a damages award for any undue retaliation that has occurred.

A&M University

An A&M professor was demoted from a vice dean position to an untenured associate professor position when he complained of unscrupulous behavior on the part of the employer. According to Robert Hash (the plaintiff), his three year contract was abruptly ended when he noticed that the cost of a new campus building was above market value and seemed to benefit high level employees’ financial interests. Hash asserts that the retaliation was uncalled for and illegal.

The retaliation began when made a formal complaint to the university’s ethics hot line, as well as the Texas State abuse and fraud system. Within a few days, the demotion occurred. The school claims that Hash was demoted due to personality conflicts with co-workers. While Hash was a vice dean, he made $290K. However, when he was demoted as part of the employer’s retaliation efforts, his income was reduced to $200K. Although Hash was restored to tenure, he is still making less than his he should be.

An employee should not have to tolerate retaliation. If you need to protect your legal rights, then you should contact Shegerian & Associates today!

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