If you have recently been fired, you will know how scary and alienating this can be. As well as being worried about where your next paycheck will come from, you may be suffering from a lack of self-esteem, and wonder why you were fired and not other co-workers.
In the absence of a contractual work agreement, many employees can be fired "at-will". This means that employers can fire an employee without giving a reason. However, the fact that they do not need to state a reason does not mean that an employer can fire a worker as a form of retaliation. If you believe that your firing was a result of retaliation, it is important that you understand some of the common signs of retaliation in the workplace.
Being treated coldly by co-workers
If you notice that you are suddenly being treated coldly by your fellow colleagues, this could be a sign of retaliation, especially if you have recently made a complaint. It is possible that your manager has influenced other workers or even spread lies about you. If you are experiencing such behavior, it is a good idea to note down all observations.
Being subjected to angry treatment
No manager should ever become angry or abusive toward an employee. All issues should be solved in a professional way; therefore, angry behavior can be a sign of retaliation.
If you have been fired after making a complaint, you should take action by learning whether you can make a wrongful termination claim. If you are successful, you could be able to gain back the wages that you lost.