If you work in the state of California, then you are protected from retaliation from your employer if you report a workplace violation you observed or file compliant about discrimination or sexual harassment. So if you have been fired or demoted for making formal complaint, you might be able to file a lawsuit against your employer to recover the compensation you are entitled to.
According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, employees are entitled to the following rights. These are known as “protected activities”:
- Filing an EEO charge or complaint
- Appearing as a witness in an investigation or lawsuit
- Informing a supervisor or manager about employment discrimination or harassment
- Refusing the direction of a superior that would result in discrimination
- Refusing or resisting sexual advances of a co-worker or superior
- Requesting accommodations for a disability or for a religious practice
- Inquiring about salary information regarding potentially discriminatory wages
How Can I Tell If My Employer Is Retaliating Against Me?
It can sometimes be difficult to determine if your employer is actually retaliating against you or just being unprofessional. In order to file a claim for employer retaliation, your employer’s actions must have an adverse effect on your employment.
The following are common examples of employer retaliation after employees file formal complaints:
- Poor performance reviews
- Verbal or physical abuse
- Transfer to less desirable positions
- Threaten to report authorities about immigration status
- Perpetuating false rumors
- Deliberately making the employee’s work more difficult
Some retaliatory acts are more obvious than others, which is why you should consult with an experienced employment law attorney if you suspect your employer is retaliating against you for filing a formal complaint.
Compassionate Employment Law Lawyers
At Hoosier Law Firm, PLLC, we are here to assist you with all of your employment law matters. Whether you need helping filing a whistleblower claim or sexual harassment lawsuit against your employer, we are here to provide you with the extensive legal resources you need to fight for the justice you deserve. If you believe your employer has retaliated against you, then stop by our law firm today to discuss your situation with one of our experienced lawyers.Give us a call at (800) 455-8721 to set up your free case consultation with a member of our team.