What is Reprisal?

A reprisal is any adverse act taken against you because you made a disclosure of wrongdoing or participated in an investigation. Reprisals can come in many forms, and may not always be obvious. Examples may include:

  • Reassignment, demotion or disciplinary action
  • Termination, discharge or dismissal
  • Any measure that adversely affects your employment or your working conditions
  • Passing over for projects or promotion
  • Directly or indirectly threatening any of the above

Again, to constitute reprisal, the adverse act taken against you must be as a result of you making a protected disclosure or participating in an investigation.