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Cathleen Marie Bolek

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  • I was demoted and my salary cut by 40% after making a charge of age discrimination with my employer. Any recourse?

    Should contact the eeoc or an attorney?

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Federal law, and many state laws, prohibit an employer from retaliating against an employee who makes a good faith complaint that he or she was a victim of age discrimination. There are strict, and often short, time limits for making a charge or filing a lawsuit, and so anyone who believes that he or she was a victim of discrimination or retaliation should consult an attorney licensed in that state as soon as possible.

    A demotion and cut in pay may be a retaliatory act. Generally, to prove an employer retaliated, the employee must show that the employer took the adverse action because the employee complained about discrimination. If the employer would have taken the adverse action whether or not the complaint was made, then the act will not be considered retaliation.

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  • Can your supervisor open interoffice mail addressed to you and marked confidential?

    I work for the State. My supervisor has taken a few pieces of interoffice mail, addressed to me and marked "Confidential" and opened them, Additionally, she has not given me the contents after opening the envelopes. I found the empty envelopes in ...

    Cathleen’s Answer

    Employees' workplace rights vary from state to state. Anyone with a specific legal question should contact an employment attorney licensed in their state. Many will provide a free telephone consultation.

    Generally, to ensure personal privacy, employees should have personal mail delivered to their home address, and should not use workplace computers to access personal email.

    An employee concerned that a supervisor or coworker is engaging in misconduct should immediately seek advice from an employment attorney licensed in that state. Many workers believe that if they report a coworker's misconduct, they will be protected from retaliation, but that is not true in many circumstances. Often, whether the law protects a "whistleblower" from retaliation will depend on specific facts, such as whether the conduct at issue is a criminal act and whether the employee reports it in writing. Before "blowing the whistle" on a supervisor or coworker, consult an attorney to ensure that you know your rights.

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