You have the right to feel safe at work. This not only applies to physical safety but mental and emotional health as well.
The law encourages employees to report workplace wrongdoings, such as harassment. When you file a workplace complaint, the law affords certain protections. Unfortunately, some employers may try and work outside the law in pressuring you to either drop your complaint or leave. Retaliation may come in many forms, but regardless of how it occurs, it is illegal.
Laws exist to stop an employer from dismissing you for filing a valid harassment complaint. However, some employers may resort to intimidation in various underhanded forms. One is by demoting you, giving you a less desirable position. Note that if this occurs, the company must have clear evidence that your performance and not your complaint is the reason for the demotion.
Another way your employer may get back at you is by transferring you from one department to another. Perhaps the new position is equitable in salary but is outside of your skillset. This action may prove an attempt to set you up to fail, allowing the company to fire you within the parameters of the law.
Hitting someone in the wallet is a surefire way to retaliate. When a supervisor informs a worker of a reduction in hours, it equates to a pay cut. This action is a ploy to punish a complaining employee through financial hardship.
An employer who intimidates someone into quitting will never admit to it. Workplace retaliation is illegal, and as such, a company that condones it may face further repercussions in a courtroom.