Can I Report Discrimination in the Workplace Without Being Fired?
Your Right to Report Discrimination Without Retaliation
Reporting discrimination in the workplace is a protected activity under the anti-discrimination laws. If you have a good faith belief that you are being treated differently from others based on your race, sex, age, disability, or any other protected class, your employer is not allowed to retaliate against you for making that complaint or report.
This is true even if the employer investigates and concludes that there has been no unlawful discrimination, as long as you had a good faith belief that there was.
Protected activity can include filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC or the MCAD, making a report to management or human resources, or even assisting another employee in raising a concern about discrimination.
Retaliation under the law is a materially adverse employment action (i.e., a termination or demotion) that you can prove was motivated by retaliation for your activity, as opposed to some other business or performance reason.
Learn more here about retaliation for reporting workplace discrimination in Massachusetts.
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