Protected Concerted Activity
Protected concerted activity is defined by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) as two or more employees taking action pertaining to the terms, conditions or safety of employment. This legal principle is designed to protect employees from employer retaliation when working together for the common good. It is important to note that this applies to both union and nonunion workplaces. The NLRB has been very active in investigating claims of employers taking action against employees engaged in protected concerted activity. However, you can also benefit from enlisting an experienced attorney. At Mowery Youell & Galeano, Ltd., we bring more than 30 years of experience to these unique cases.
Examples Of Protected Concerted Activity
In some ways, engaging in protected concerted activity is similar to whistleblowing, except that it involves a group of employees. The employees will bring a specific concern to the attention of the employer or another authority. For example, a group of physicians working at a hospital may have issues with the terms of their employment. Working together to negotiate the terms with the hospital is an example of protected concerted activity. If an employer wrongfully terminates or otherwise retaliates against this group of employees, the employer may be the target of a lawsuit. Our Columbus protected concerted activity lawyers will review the options and take the appropriate action.
Were You Asked To Sign A Confidentiality Agreement?
If you and your fellow employees engaged in protected concerted activity are asked by your employer to sign a confidentiality agreement, this is a sign that you may want to review the matter with an attorney. These agreements may not always be proper, and signing them can jeopardize the available options in these cases.