Attorneys Fighting For Victims Of Workplace Retaliation
Protection against workplace harassment and discrimination is critical, and there are robust state and federal laws barring such practices. Unfortunately, many companies that engage in or allow discrimination and harassment also retaliate against workers who try to assert their legal rights. Many forms of retaliation are also illegal.
If you were the victim of employer retaliation in Southern California, our experienced attorneys at Barrera & Associates, Attorneys are ready to fight for the justice and compensation you deserve. We have a strong track record of success on behalf of clients, and we are tireless advocates for the rights of workers.
How Is Retaliation Defined?
In California, retaliation occurs when an employee suffers an “adverse employment action” after and as the result of engaging in a protected activity (such as reporting harassment or discrimination or taking job-protected leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act).
In many cases, the adverse action is termination, but it could also include pay cuts, major changes in working conditions and expectations, and other actions meant to punish or make the job intolerable to the employee.
What Retaliation In The Workplace May Look Like
There are many common scenarios that could be classified as retaliation. Some hypothetical scenarios are described below:
Termination for filing complaints: You were being sexually harassed by a co-worker or superior, so you reported the behavior to human resources. When nothing was done, you threatened to take your complaints to the California Department Of Fair Employment and Housing. In response, the company fired you.
Punishment for seeking accommodations: You suffer from a manageable disability and can still do your job with reasonable accommodations. You have always had good performance reviews, but after you request employer accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act, your employer suddenly starts citing you for performance and conduct issues that are largely exaggerated or entirely fictitious. These poor reviews prevent advancement and eventually lead to your termination.
Whistleblower retaliation: You learn of some company misconduct and report it to the relevant authorities. Shortly afterward, your employer switches your schedule to the overnight shift, increases your workload and docks your pay. No other employees have received the same treatment.
If any of these seem similar to what you have experienced, you may have been the victim of workplace retaliation. We invite you to discuss your case with one of our attorneys to learn more about your rights and legal options.
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