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Representing Workers Mistreated by Employers

One of the most challenging things that a worker can experience is retaliation in the workplace. Whether you reported an incident of harassment or exposed a wage and hour violation, your employer may take certain actions against you in an effort to punish you or to discourage you from continuing your course of behavior. California has strong laws that prohibit an employer from engaging in retaliatory conduct in certain situations.

At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames, our Los Angeles retaliation lawyers have assisted many employees throughout Los Angeles, Riverside, Orange, and San Bernardino Counties with holding an employer responsible after an incident of retaliation. Since we have worked with many victims of workplace misconduct, we know how stressful it is for you and how much is at stake when it comes to your livelihood.

We offer free consultations. Call (310) 935-0225 if your employer is trying to take action against you for pointing out misconduct.

Protections Against Workplace Retaliation in California

Under the California labor Code, unlawful workplace retaliation occurs when your employer punishes you for engaging in protected activities. These include reporting your employer for illegal activities, refusing to engage in illegal activities, filing a lawsuit or complaint for harassment or discrimination, and assisting other employees in filing lawsuits or complaints.

Overall, these laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees in four main situations:

  • The first is when an employee reports that the employer is engaging in a violation of law to the authorities. An example would be when the employer is engaging in Medicaid fraud or wage and hour violations.
  • Second, an employee cannot be subjected to retaliation when they oppose, complain about, or participate in an investigation regarding harassment or discrimination in the workplace. California takes discrimination and harassment very seriously and provides this protection to ensure that incidents can be addressed appropriately.
  • Third, an employee cannot face retaliation if they ask for a reasonable accommodation for their disability or religious beliefs.
  • Finally, if an employee assists in a qui tam lawsuit under the California False Claims Act, they are protected from retaliation. A qui tam lawsuit involves participation in an investigation by a government authority regarding allegedly illegal conduct.

If your workload increases suddenly, or you are assigned to less favorable shifts, you may be facing retaliation. Other signs include unjustifiably negative performance reviews, denials of promotions or raises for which you are qualified, denials of access to training that would advance your career, being excluded from meetings or communications that are important for you to do your job, and even termination of your employment.

California’s Whistleblower Protections

The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and California’s whistleblower laws were created to protect employees from retaliation. According to FEHA, employers may not discharge, expel, or otherwise retaliate against employees based on their opposition to discrimination or harassment.

To prevail in a FEHA claim, the plaintiff and their attorney must show that there is a connection between their protected, lawful conduct and the employer’s adverse action. In other words, you must be able to show that the employer’s adverse action took place as a direct response to the protected activity. Showing that the retaliation occurred shortly after the protected activity is not sufficient. In the unfortunate event that you are terminated from your position as a result of these actions, or in retaliation for your lawful conduct, you can bring a wrongful termination claim against your employer to recover damages.

Get Assistance from a Retaliation Lawyer in Los Angeles or Surrounding Counties

At the Law Offices of Scott R. Ames, we have seen what retaliation in the workplace can do to an employee and their family. We all rely on our jobs to provide for our needs and to support our families. The idea of losing a job is extremely stressful and may discourage us at times from asserting our right to be free from wrongful treatment in the workplace. We stand by each of our clients and ensure that they receive the supportive, responsive employment legal counsel that they deserve. We can assist people in Beverly Hills, Burbank, El Segundo, Encino, Glendale, Manhattan Beach, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Sherman Oaks, Torrance, and other cities in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

Contact us online or call (310) 935-0225 to schedule your free consultation.

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