Suppose your employer has taken action against you or treated you in a discriminatory manner because you engaged in a protected activity, such as reporting fraud or harassment. In that case, you are a victim of workplace retaliation. Rubin Law Corporation is an award-winning law firm in South California that helps employees get the justice and the compensation they deserve when their employer has illegally retaliated against them.
Can I sue my employer for retaliation in California?
Under the California False Claims Act, you have the right to file a lawsuit against your Los Angeles employer if you are a victim of workplace retaliation. Los Angeles workers are also protected and can seek legal remedy under Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) if they have been retaliated against for exercising their rights under California whistleblower laws but have not been fired.
In California, an employer can terminate an employee for any reason, or for no reason, with or without notice, as long as the termination was for legal reasons. Employees cannot be fired on the basis of their race, gender, ethnic background, religion, veteran status, pregnancy, or disability under state and federal employment law. Additionally, an employee is protected from sexual harassment under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. So when a Los Angeles employee is fired after reporting sexual harassment or discrimination or witnessing either in the workplace, they may have a valid workplace retaliation claim.
How do you prove retaliation in the workplace in California?
Proving employer retaliation can be difficult because employment is considered “at will,” which is why you need an attorney to protect your rights under state labor laws and the Whistleblower Protection Act.
You will need to provide evidence to your attorney to prove that you took part in a protected activity, your employer took adverse action against you, and you suffered damages as a result. You will need to prove that your report was made in good faith and not out of a desire to damage the reputation of the business.
The types of evidence you should provide to your attorney include:
- Names and titles of the individuals you reported harassment or fraud to
- Copies of past performance reviews
- Copies of relevant emails, letters, or other written documents
How Our Attorney Can Help You
Call Rubin Law Corporation now at 213-246-3656 if you have suffered any of the following forms of employer retaliation in Los Angeles:
- A demotion
- A decrease in pay
- A transfer to another department or location
- An increase in workload
- A decrease in the number of hours you’re scheduled to work
- A drastic change in hours from the ones you regularly worked
- Negative performance reviews even though all your previous past performance reviews have been good
We can help you get the compensation that you deserve such as lost pay, lost benefits, punitive damages, and attorneys’ fees. Many people wait to speak to an attorney, but we offer a free consultation where we provide a complimentary case evaluation, tell you what we think the value of your case is, and advise you of your rights under state and federal law. You don’t have to face this alone. Call Rubin Law Corporation today.