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Retaliatory terminations mustn't happen to good employees

Many different situations can lead to an employee being terminated. One that shouldn't ever fall into this category is retaliation. Employment laws forbid employers from being able to retaliate against employees when the person makes factual complaints related to things like sexual harassment or violations of laws.

Rhode Island is an at-will employment state, which means that employers don't have to give a reason for terminating an employee. They can fire the employee for any reason as long as that reason isn't illegal. This means no retaliatory terminations or firings because of discriminatory reasons.

Employees should make sure that they continue to perform the duties of their job after they file complaints about anything. While you are protected from retaliatory termination, you can still be fired for not doing what you are being paid to do. Your employment record, including any write-ups, might be important in these instances.

On top of retaliatory termination being illegal for people who file a complaint, it is also illegal for a company to fire someone who is participating in an investigation. These protections are in place to try to encourage employees to come forward when there are illegal things happening in a company. Without them, there is a chance that many issues would be left to fester.

Any employee who feels they have been terminated out of retaliation for a protected action should handle the situation carefully. There is a chance that you will be able to take legal action regarding the matter. Learn about your options and find out what steps you need take to get the case where it should be.

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