Protection From Workplace Retaliation
There are a number of state and federal laws protecting California employees from acts of retaliation in the workplace. For example, The Equal Pay Act of 1963 (EPA), a federal law enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), and The Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), a California state law, both prohibit employers from retaliating against employees for protesting illegal workplace harassment and/or discrimination.
Listed below are just a few examples of the many forms of discrimination the FEHA protects against:
- Age discrimination
- Racial discrimination
- Disability discrimination
- Gender discrimination
- Pregnancy discrimination
Common Examples Of Illegal Employer Retaliation
It is illegal for your employer to fire you, demote you, harass you, transfer you or take other adverse actions against you for doing any of the following:
- Reporting sexual harassment or supporting another’s claim
- Reporting racial discrimination or supporting another’s claim
- Becoming pregnant
- Taking a Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) pregnancy disability leave
- Taking an FMLA leave for a serious medical condition
- Filing a complaint or legal claim against your employer
If you engage in protected activity under the law, such as complaining that you are being discriminated against for being in a protected group, and your employer takes adverse action against you, an inference of retaliation may be created under California and federal law.
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Reviewed By: Sandra P.
Retaliation Lawyers Serving San Francisco, Marin County, San Jose and Oakland
If your employer is retaliating against you, contact us as soon as possible to discuss your situation. The experienced retaliation attorneys at The Armstrong Law Firm can inform you of your rights, your options under the law and how we may be able to obtain compensation and justice for you.