Do I have a case of retaliation?
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Whether you were retaliated against in the legal sense of the word, and have a claim for retaliation depends on the "concerns" you shared with the President. If, for instance, you were complaining about sexual harassment (or other illegal conduct in the workplace), you may have a claim for retaliation. I would advise you to set up a consultation with an attorney to discuss the details of your case further.
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Yes, it all depends on what your "concerns" were. If you reasonably believed your manager was engaging in illegal conduct (such as discrimination), then you may have a case for retaliation. Your complaint must also be objectively reasonable as well. More facts are needed. You should consult with a lawyer. Most employment lawyers will offer a free consultation. Sorry you have to go through this.
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The key to answering your question depends on what those "concerns" were that you shared. For example, if your concerns were about expecting you to engage in some form of unlawful conduct, it may be unlawful retaliation. But if your concerns were strictly business related, any retaliation probably would not be unlawful. Unlawful retaliation is when an employer fires an employee because the employee did something which is protected by law.
They say you get what you pay for, and this response is free, so take it for what it is worth. This is my opinion based on very limited information. My opinion should not be taken as legal advice. For true advice, we would require a confidential consultation where I would ask you questions and get your complete story. This is a public forum, so remember, nothing here is confidential. Nor am I your attorney. I do not know who you are and you have not hired me to provide any legal service. To do so would require us to meet and sign written retainer agreement. My responses are intended for general information only.
We don't know what "concerns" you shared about your manager. The subject of those concerns is vital to know whether you were subject to illegal retaliation. If you thought your manager was engaging in illegal activity, then you may have a case. If you just did not like the way your manager managed people, then probably not. As an at will employee you can be terminated for any reason, or no reason, just as long an illegal reason was not a substantially motivating factor for the termination.