Employer Retaliation Attorney In Southern California
Understanding Your Rights
While many people are aware of the various laws in place that protect employees from unlawful discrimination, harassment and other forms of employment injustice, few may know that employees are also protected from retaliation.
Employer retaliation refers to any type of adverse employment action taken against an applicant, employee or former employee who engaged in legally protected activity. Our Southern California employment lawyers can assist you with cases involving employer retaliation.
Legally protected rights and activities may include:
- Raising complaints regarding discrimination, harassment or violations of workplace law
- Filing a whistleblower claim
- Participating in workplace investigations or legal proceedings
- Opposing unlawful activity
- Taking pregnancy, family, medical or military leave
- Voting or serving jury duty
What Constitutes ‘Retaliation?’
State and federal laws explicitly prohibit employers from basing their employment decisions on these legally protected actions. In order to file a successful claim, you must demonstrate that your employer’s retaliation was harmful or damaging enough to prevent or dissuade a reasonable employee from exercising their protected rights. Adverse actions taken by the employer, managers or fellow employees can be grounds for such a claim.
Common examples of the various types of adverse employment actions that can constitute retaliation are:
- Wrongful termination
- Demotion, disciplinary action or negative evaluations
- Change in job or shift assignment
- Exclusion from meetings or training
- A series of retaliatory acts
Steps You Should Take After Being Retaliated Against
The first step you should take, if you believe you have been retaliated against, is to talk with your supervisor or human resources representative. By asking specific questions, you can understand why you were demoted or otherwise negatively acted against. If your employer cannot give you a legitimate explanation, such as poor performance review or the need to fill an opening, you can voice your concern that you are being retaliated against.
When an employer does not see where you are coming from, you may point out that the negative action only took place after you complained. If your employer isn’t willing to admit to the wrongdoing and correct it, you have every right to secure legal representation and fight for justice and compensation. Begin collecting any evidence you think could confirm your belief that your complaint triggered your employer’s negative, retaliatory actions. Dig up any helpful evidence, such as emails, that existed prior to your complaint that could prove that your employer has illegally retaliated against you.
Request A Free Case Evaluation
If you believe that you are a victim of employer retaliation, our Southern California employment attorneys can review your case. By requesting a free, no-obligation case evaluation, you can learn more about your eligibility to pursue legal action and the compensatory damages to which you may be entitled. Should you have a viable claim, our employment lawyers are prepared to guide you step by step through the legal process and toward the resolution you deserve.
Compensation may be eligible for:
- Lost wages
- Emotional damages
- Punitive damages
At Diefer Law Group, P.C., we dedicate two Southern California employment lawyers to each client’s case and always place an emphasis on personal attention. Members of our legal team have received the Avvo Clients’ Choice Award and been included in the Super Lawyers® list of Rising Stars℠, therefore you can be fully confident when trusting your case to these proven legal experts.
Contact Diefer Law Group, P.C. to discuss your needs today!