Retaliation for Reporting Discrimination

The Minnesota Human Rights Act (MHRA) prohibits an employer from engaging in retaliation or reprisal because an employee has filed a charge of discrimination or otherwise opposed a discriminatory practice. To be protected, however, an employee must report to their employer their reasonable belief that he or she is being discriminated against.

It is also unlawful for an employer to take adverse actions against an employee who is associated with a person or group who is disabled, of a different race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, or religion.

Minnesota employees are also protected from retaliation when they participate in an investigation at their employer. Individuals who have testified, assisted, or participated in an investigation, proceeding, or hearing that opposes a discriminatory practice are protected from retaliation. The MHRA protects employees in these instances in order to encourage employees to report any discriminatory practices they observe or experience in the workplace and to ensure that they are truthful during an employment investigation and not fearful of testifying truthfully.

Employees often face retaliatory actions after reporting what they believe to be discrimination at their workplace. Examples of retaliatory actions include:

  • An employee being demoted after participating in an investigation for a discrimination complaint.
  • An employee being intimidated and harassed by other employees or supervisors because he or she is associated with someone of a different race, sexual orientation or religion.
  • An employer fires an employee because it discovers the person has filed an internal complaint of gender discrimination to human resources.

The employment retaliation attorneys at Baillon Thome Jozwiak & Wanta LLP have years of experience litigating and winning retaliation cases. If you have questions about how to report discrimination at your workplace or how to handle a request to be interviewed as part of an investigation, you should contact one of our employment attorneys. Likewise, if you believe you have experienced retaliation after reporting discrimination or participating in an investigation, call our law firm to determine your legal rights.