Retaliation Rights

Federal law provides protection from retaliation when you exercise your right to:

Retaliation occurs when an employer (including through a manager, supervisor, administrator, or possibly other persons) fires an employee or takes any other type of adverse action against an employee for engaging in protected activity.


An adverse action is any action which could dissuade a reasonable employee from raising a concern about a possible violation or engaging in other related protected activity. Retaliation can have a negative impact on overall employee morale.

Reporting retaliation could lead to an order from an agency or court requiring an employer to stop engaging in retaliation. Reporting retaliation may help workers recover wages owed, monetary damages, and/or other remedies that can help make a worker whole after retaliation.

You have a right to be protected from retaliation regardless of your immigration status. Retaliation based on immigration status can include actions like threats to call immigration authorities, a request for new I-9 employment verification documents or Social Security number information, and employer efforts to call the police and involve immigration authorities. In some cases, immigration status may limit the remedies that you’ll be able to obtain if your employer unlawfully retaliated against you.

Live assistance is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time by calling, 1-866-4-USA-DOL (1-866-487-2365). *If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or have a speech disability, please dial 7-1-1 to access telecommunications relay services.