Los Angeles Retaliation Attorney
Helping Workers Fight Retaliation in the Workplace
When an employer penalizes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity, the employer can be held liable for retaliation. It can be obvious when an employer is retaliating against employees, such as with a negative performance review shortly after filing a harassment complaint. However, most of the time, a case of retaliation is not as clear.
If you suspect your employer is retaliating against you, call our retaliation attorneys in Los Angeles. Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh offers free case evaluations to every new client. We will review your situation with you and help you determine if you have a case against your employer.
Hennig Kramer Ruiz & Singh, LLP is committed to the Los Angeles community. Our founder, Attorney Rob Hennig, is a board member for the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). All of our associates have worked extensively in both a nonprofit and professional setting. Mr. Hennig is also a past member of the board of directors and past president of the LGBT chapter of the ACLU of Southern California.
Activities Protected From Retaliation
Under state and federal law, it is illegal for an employer to take any adverse employment action against an employee for making a good faith report of unlawful activity. It is also illegal for an employer to take an adverse action against an employee for refusing to engage in illegal conduct. California's employment laws generally provide more expansive protections from discrimination than federal law.
Retaliation is unlawful if it based on a variety of protected activities, including:
- Reporting or refusing to engage in illegal conduct
- Reporting fraud on a government contract
- Complaining of workplace harassment or discrimination
- Filing a wage claim with the California Labor Commissioner
- Filing a lawsuit for a violation of your civil rights or assisting another employee in the filing of a lawsuit
- Filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH)
- Filing a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC)
What Does Retaliation Look Like?
If you feel that you are being retaliated against by your employer, you most likely are. While some forms of retaliation are dramatic and obvious, such as wrongful termination, other types of workplace revenge are more subtle. Even though they are less obvious, retaliation of any form is damaging to the victim and creates a hostile working environment.
Typical forms of retaliation include:
- Unfair disciplinary action
- Negative performance reviews
- Micromanagement shortly after filling a complaint
- Exclusion from meetings, projects, and other workplace functions you ordinarily would have been included on
- Denial of necessary or ongoing training
- Denial or promotions, raises, or other compensation and benefits
- Reduction in pay or denial of bonuses and overtime
- Unfairly increased workload or unequal expectations for you compared with your peers
- Wrongful termination
Dealing with Retaliation
We firmly believe that employees should not have to choose between obeying the law and keeping their jobs. We also believe that everyone deserves a safe work environment free from harassment and discrimination.
If you think that you are or have been subjected to retaliation, you should document as much as you can. You should then follow your employer's internal policies or procedures for making a complaint. It is then recommended that you speak with an experienced retaliation lawyer, like ours, in Los Angeles. This record of your treatment will be crucial evidence in your claim for retaliation.
When you step into the workplace, you do not give up your civil rights. Call a Los Angeles retaliation attorney at (213) 292-5444.
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