So many people fail to take action when they are retaliated against at work. This is often because they are worried about not being successful or about suffering even more through employer retaliation. If more employees took the time to learn about the ways that they are protected under the law in the state of California, it is likely that there would be many more successful employment retaliation claims.
When it comes to gaining a protected status from employment retaliation, there are two main actions that make an employee eligible. It is important that you understand whether you have taken either of these actions so that you know whether you could be protected under the law.
Being protected from retaliation after being involved in an investigation
If you were required to participate in an investigation at your workplace, you may have needed to disclose sensitive information that may put your employer in trouble with the law. If you did this, your employer does not have the right to retaliate against you, because you were fulfilling your duty in doing so.
Being protected from retaliation as a result of reporting unlawful behavior
If you witnessed or experienced harassment in the workplace or another type of unlawful behavior, you have the right to report this without fear of retaliation. If you do experience retaliation, you have the right to take legal action.
If you believe that you have been retaliated against in the California workplace, it is important that you do not accept such unlawful behavior because it has the potential to affect your future career.