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Can my employer punish me if I act on my rights?
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Gather evidence

Keep track of any documents you have that could help you prove that your employer is punishing you.

Here are some of the documents you might need:

  • pay stubs
  • letters, emails, and text messages from your employer
  • disciplinary letters
  • your employment contract
  • notes from meetings
  • notes from talking to other workers
  • written instructions from your employer

Make notes about conversations you've had. Keep track of dates when things happen.

You might want to ask your employer about the reason for what they did. But before you talk to your employer about it, you might want to get legal advice to decide if it's a good idea and what to say.

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Reviewed: February 23, 2018

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