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Retaliation in the Workplace in California

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Retaliation claims

If your employer takes action against you for filing or threatening to file a complaint with the Labor Commissioner about your wages, reporting or filing a complaint about illegal workplace activity, participating in an investigation, you may have a case for retaliation. If you believe your employer has retaliated against you, call 888-762-0297 to discuss your case.

We don't charge for initial consultations.

We can help workers in Los Angeles and throughout California to resolve retaliation disputes with their employers.

What is retaliation?

A retaliation occurs whenever your employer takes negative actions against you for engaging in protected activities. This can include reducing your hours or pay, demotion, suspension, firing, or an unfavorable transfer (such as to a location further than your current worksite). If this sounds familiar, you may have a valid retaliation claim and need to consult a workplace retaliation lawyer.

Retaliation against witnesses

Retaliation laws in California protect witnesses who participate in an ongoing harassment or discrimination investigation. To learn more, call our office and ask to speak with a retaliation lawyer.

Retaliation by association

In some cases, employees with a close association to the person who filed a harassment or discrimination complaint can experience retaliation.

For example, threatening one or more family members working for the same employer with termination unless the person who filed the complaint withdraws it.

Another example could be the cancellation of a contract with a third-party vendor related to the person who filed the complaint, reducing their hourly rate, or the number of hours of service they provide.

Signs of retaliation in the workplace

Retaliation can appear in many forms in any workplace. It may include:

Wrongful termination (lost a job),

Poor performance review,

Being denied a raise,

Having hours or pay reduced,

Receiving different treatment from coworkers with similar roles and responsibilities,

Restricted access to resources or training,

Being excluded from projects,

Having an unfair workload,

Being reassigned to non-desirable shifts.

Being transferred to a location further away without apparent cause.

What is NOT retaliation?

Not everything is retaliation.

It is not retaliation if your employer disciplines or terminates your employment because you neglected your job duties and violated your employer's rules or other misconduct.

How to document retaliation

Keep a record of every incident you think is retaliatory that occurs at your job.

Documentation that could support your claim may include:

Emails,

Text messages

Phone messages.

What compensation to expect

The settlement for a retaliation claim may include compensation for:

a) Emotional distress (physical pain, loss of enjoyment of life and anxiety),

b) The harm to your professional reputation,

c) Lost wages.

For more information, call our office to speak with an employment lawyer who handles workplace retaliation cases.

For more information

To discuss your case, call us at 888-762-0297 and ask to speak with a retaliation lawyer.

Your consultation will be confidential, informative, and free.

We take all cases on contingency and advance all costs for which we are reimbursed only after successfully recovering on your behalf.

We represent clients in Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Diego, San Bernardino, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Orange County, and throughout all of California.

Last updated on November 9, 2021.

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Additional Resources

California Labor Code 1102.5

California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”))

California False Claims Act.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII)

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act

The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA)

The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 (ADEA)

Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA)

Sections 102 and 103 of the Civil Rights Act of 1991

Sections 501 and 505 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

The Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)