what happens Next? 

Navigating the Path After Reporting Workplace Violations


After you've taken the brave step of reporting workplace discrimination, harassment, retaliation, or other violations, you might wonder, "What happens next?" This subpage provides a comprehensive overview of the typical processes and actions that follow a workplace violation report, helping you navigate the path towards resolution and justice.

Investigation and Review:

Employer's Response: Upon receiving your report, your employer is obligated to initiate an investigation. This may involve interviews, reviewing evidence, and gathering relevant information.

Internal Investigations: Many companies have an internal process for handling workplace violations. HR departments or designated personnel will often oversee these investigations.

Government Agencies: In some cases, you may choose to file a complaint with a government agency, such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) or a state labor department. These agencies can conduct their investigations.

Legal Counsel:

Consult an Attorney: If the workplace violation persists or escalates, or if you face retaliation for reporting, it's crucial to consult with an experienced employment law attorney. They can provide you with personalized guidance and legal support.

Legal Options: Your attorney will help you explore your legal options, which may include negotiation, mediation, or filing a lawsuit against your employer.


Negotiation: In some cases, a resolution can be reached through negotiation between you, your attorney, and your employer. This may involve reinstatement, compensation, or changes in workplace policies.

Mediation: Mediation is a facilitated conversation between parties involved in a workplace dispute. A neutral third party assists in finding common ground and reaching an agreement.

Litigation: If no resolution is reached, your attorney can represent you in court. This process may result in a trial, and a judge or jury will make a determination.

Recovery and Moving Forward:

Reinstatement or Compensation: If the violation resulted in your termination or financial losses, a successful resolution may involve reinstatement to your position or receiving compensation for damages.

Policy Changes: In some cases, your report may lead to changes in workplace policies, procedures, or training programs to prevent future violations.

Monitoring and Follow-Up: Depending on the resolution, you may need to monitor the situation and ensure that the agreed-upon terms are upheld.


Navigating the aftermath of reporting workplace violations can be challenging, but you don't have to face it alone. Our dedicated employment law attorneys at Vargas Guerra, LLP are here to support you at every step, from initial reporting to resolution. We believe in your right to a fair and just workplace, and we're committed to helping you achieve it.