Often employees may find themselves in tough situations because they chose to speak out against their employers. More often than not, employees will be subject to unfair punishment if they report cases of sexual harassment, racial discrimination or other workplace grievances. If you are subject to an adverse employment action such as termination or demotion due to speaking out, you should seriously consider employing a retaliation attorney.
Even though California and Federal laws forbid retaliation, employers continue to engage in such illegal conduct. Anti-retaliation laws were created to protect those who have been wronged from a working environment that is not conducive to personal or career growth.
What does retaliation look like?
Employers may react in a variety of ways, including:
- Wrongful termination of employment after you have filed a complaint against the employer or the company.
- You may be subject to demotions or deprived of promotional opportunities.
- You’re working in a hostile work environment.
- You are stripped of your employment benefits.
- You may observe that your job description will change suddenly as responsibilities are stripped from you and a more controlled approach is taken in regards to you and your work.
- You are excluded from company meetings, events, dinners and activities.
- You may find that all your performance reviews show no positive affirmation of tasks or work.
What laws are in place to protect employees from retaliation?
The Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) and California Labor Code, as well as other state and Federal laws prohibit retaliation against employees. These laws serve to encourage employees to exercise their rights and report incidents like harassment or discrimination. The following laws are in place to try and limit the influence of the employer in order to limit retaliatory acts:
- Fair Employment and Housing Act
- California Labor Code Sections 1102.5 and 98.6
- Labor Code 132a-Workers’ Compensation Laws Prohibit Retaliation
If your employer carries out any retaliatory action, you are in a position to launch a full-fledged lawsuit with the help of your retaliation attorney.
What is the process like?
If you believe that you are being subject to retaliatory actions from your employer, the first step is to speak with an attorney at Falakassa Law, P.C.
Call (818) 456-6168 for a free case consultation.