Los Angeles Unlawful Retaliation Lawyer
California may be an at-will state for employment purposes, but an employer’s freedom to take adverse action against an employee does not apply to just any situation. Businesses are limited in how they run the workplace when their decisions and conduct amounts to unlawful retaliation in violation of your rights under California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and federal law. However, even when you know you have options to address wrongdoing in the work environment, you may not know where to begin with pursuing them.
Fortunately, our team at the Obagi Law Group, P.C. has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the legal concepts that apply to illegal retaliation in the workplace. There are multiple remedies available for employees, so you can count on us to seek all available relief allowed by law. Please contact our office to set up a consultation with a Los Angeles unlawful retaliation lawyer, and check out an overview about your rights.
Retaliation Takes Many Forms
Under FEHA, it is unlawful for an employer to take adverse action against an employee for engaging in protected activity. Adverse action can include many different types of misconduct, such as termination, demotion, making unfavorable changes to work schedules, or reducing pay. The other key in these cases is what constitutes protected activity. Your employer may violate FEHA by retaliating against you for:
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim;
- Alerting law enforcement or other government agencies about the employer’s about illegal activity;
- Safety based retaliation, which includes filing a complaint with Cal/OSHA or other report regarding working conditions;
- Requesting reasonable accommodations to work with a disability;
- Complaining about discrimination or harassment in the workplace;
- Refusing to participate in illegal activity; and,
- Many other protected activities.
Unlawful retaliation laws also tie in to “whistleblower” cases, in which an employee is discharged or treated differently after reporting the illegal activities of an employer. California law and public policy dictate that employees should be protected for whistleblowing, in both the public and private sector.
Your Options After Unlawful Retaliation
The remedies and process for addressing employer retaliation depend on the context, since employee rights stem from different types of laws. Our lawyers at the Obagi Law Group, P.C. can describe your options, which may include:
- Filing a complaint with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing;
- Reporting retaliation to the Labor and Workplace Development Agency; and/or,
- Initiating litigation in civil court, either directly or after exhausting your administrative remedies.
Through the process, you may be able to recover monetary damages for unlawful retaliation, including back pay, advance pay, loss of benefits, attorneys’ fees, and costs. You might also qualify for equitable relief, such as promotion or job reinstatement.
Our Los Angeles Unlawful Retaliation Attorneys Can Explain Your Options
No employee should suffer harm due to retaliatory misconduct that is motivated by discrimination or other improper reasons by an employer. For more information on your legal remedies in a case of unlawful retaliation, please contact the Obagi Law Group, P.C. at 424-284-2401. We can schedule a consultation to review your circumstances and determine next steps.