Workers have the right to feel safe in their workplaces and not suffer retaliation from their employers. Workplace retaliation can occur in a variety of circumstances which are prohibited and workers should be familiar with examples of prohibited activity for their own protection. Workers are protected in a variety of circumstances.
Unfortunately, employer retaliation is the most commonly alleged basis of discrimination in the federal sector. Laws prohibit punishing employees or applicants for jobs because they assert their rights to be free of employment discrimination and harassment. The bottom line is that it is unlawful to retaliate against employees and job applicants in certain circumstances which both employees and job applicants should be aware of so they can better understand their protections.