Understanding When To File A Complaint Against Your Boss

Often times, employees are too afraid to file a complaint or speak with their Human Resources representative when it comes to an issue they may be having with their boss. While not all situations may call for a formal complaint, there are circumstances that do.

Here are situations in which you should file a complaint against your boss:

If you are being discriminated against. Whether it is due to your age, gender, race, national origin, religion, disability, or sexual orientation, all employees are protected under the federal law from being discriminated against. If you have been discriminated against for any of these reasons during your hiring, promotion, demotion, or firing process, then you must report this issue, going through the appropriate process that should be outlined in your employee handbook.

If you are experiencing wage or overtime theft. If you have noticed that you are missing wages, or are not being paid correctly, it is important to report these issues immediately. However, it is important that you understand if you are an exempt or non-exempt employee, which will make a difference in the manner in which you are paid for regular and overtime hours. For example, exempt employees are salaried, meaning that they are paid a set amount each payday, and are typically not paid for any overtime hours.

If you are being retaliated against. Retaliation is illegal in the workplace, especially when an employee is trying to improve their working conditions or in the event that they have filed a legitimate complaint. Often times, retaliation will come in the form of wrongful termination, so it is important to understand if you have been wrongfully terminated due to retaliation.

If you feel that you have been a victim of any of these workplace violations, contact an employment attorney immediately.

Maduff & Maduff has been specializing in discrimination, civil rights, and overtime and wage theft for more than 20 years. If you have any questions, or need help with your employment law concerns, contact us today.