Retaliation” occurs when an employer or a co-worker treats a worker differently for complaining about discrimination or harassment. Retaliation can include demotions, bad work or shift assignments, negative evaluations, or any other unfair treatment. Federal law prohibits retaliation. Remember: Even if an employee can’t prove the original discrimination complaint, you can’t treat the employee any differently unless the employee made that original complaint in bad faith.
According to the EEOC, the law strictly forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.