Workplace retaliation occurs when an employee is fired, demoted, or seriously harassed. We have argued, in certain court cases, the distinction between harassment and retaliation is impossible to make.
There are many different case scenarios involving retaliation. Retaliation due to whistle blowing about illegal conduct can take several forms. Retaliation because the employee has made a complaint to a government agency is serious whistle blowing retaliation. In California, retaliation of an employee (including discharge of employment) because the employee complains to the government is illegal. Retaliation because an employee rebuffs a discriminatory practice is also a prevalent form on retaliation.
Here is a non-exhausting list of examples of workplace retaliation:
Workplace retaliation cases may lead to punitive damages. The act of retaliating against an employee for exercising a lawful legal right is looked upon very poorly at by the general public. Not only has the employer engaged in unlawful conduct, but they are punishing an employee who has tried to abide by the law.
As of 2014, in addition to all available damages for lost wages, emotional distress, and punitive damages, employers who retaliate against employees may be subject to a fine up to $10,000.00. They may also be subject to a difficult standard of proving their conduct was motivated by something other than retaliation.
There are endless scenarios of employment retaliation. We have handled hundreds of retaliation cases for employees throughout California. Please contact our firm to discuss your workplace retaliation case.
Some of the results we have obtained in retaliation cases include:
Our experience representing employees in these industries gives us an edge up in understanding the regulatory schemes and unique issues pertaining to these industries. Let us use our experience to represent you in your workplace retaliation case.