There are rules and regulations covering nearly every facet of what goes on in the workplace. The majority are designed to help ensure worker safety and protect workers’ rights. At Valiant Law, we know that when there are violations, workers often hesitate to report them out of fear that negative action will be taken against the employee him- or herself. This is known as retaliation, and it is prohibited under both state and federal laws.
As one of the top-rated law firms in the field, our experienced employment law attorneys serve clients in the Orange County, California area. We act as a strong legal advocate on your behalf in these situations, helping to ensure your rights are protected.
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) reports that retaliation against workers is one of the most common types of workplace discrimination. Depending on the circumstances, the EEOC advises that the following are actions which may be considered as retaliatory in nature:
- Unwarranted employee reprimands and poor performance reviews;
- Demotions or transferring an employee to a less desirable position;
- Changing work schedules in order to create conflicts;
- Increased scrutiny on the job and physical or verbal harassment;
- Threatening to report you to police or immigration authorities;
- Spreading false rumors or taking actions against your coworkers and staff.
At Valiant Law, we provide aggressive legal representation for workers facing these situations. Employers and supervisors who engage in this type of conduct can be held liable for damages and losses in income or benefits you suffer, in addition to facing both criminal and civil penalties.
Protection Against Workplace Retaliation
At Valiant Law, we help to protect you against retaliatory acts which negatively impact your career and earning potential. The California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR) advises that there are close to 50 state and federal laws that prohibit retaliation in a variety of situations. These include:
- Filing a complaint based on employment or safety violations;
- Taking time off to serve in the Armed Forces or as an emergency service provider;
- Taking time off for court appearances as a victim of domestic abuse or other crime victim;
- Running for public office or voicing political opinions;
- Requesting time off due to parenting responsibilities, such as school conferences or emergencies;
- Not disclosing criminal matters in which you were not convicted;
- Refusing to work hours in excess of Industrial Welfare Commission (IWC) Orders.
If you face retaliation on the job for any reason, contact our office right away. At Valiant Law, our employment attorneys can advise you on the best course of action, to help ensure your rights and financial security are protected.