Los Angeles Retaliation/Whistleblower Law Firm: Contact Us For A Free Consultation
Under California and Federal law, it is illegal to retaliate (discharge, expel, harass, or otherwise discriminate) against any person because that person has opposed certain forbidden practices or has made a complaint, testified against, or assisted in certain proceedings, including against their employer. Thus, while an employee is often an at-will employee, if the employee has reported illegal conduct, the employee is afforded legal protections to prevent retaliation. Note, if an employee makes a protected report, e.g., alleging that the company is doing something illegal, the employee does not have to be correct, but only had to have a reasonable belief that the conduct was illegal.
Examples of Illegal Retaliation
- Retaliating against (e.g. demoting/firing) an employee for reporting any discrimination based on race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, marital status, sex, age, or sexual orientation.
- Retaliating against (e.g. demoting/firing) an employee for taking pregnancy and/or FMLA/CFRA leave or needing a reasonable accommodation to perform their duties.
- Retaliating against (e.g. demoting/firing) employees for complaining about, or reporting the company’s failure to pay proper wages (including overtime), workplace safety problems and violations, and/or reporting illegal practices.
- Retaliating against (e.g. demoting/firing) an employee who refuses to engage in illegal or unsafe activities.
Potentially Recoverable Damages
There are a variety of remedies for victims of retaliation, which include but are not limited to:
- Back pay (lost wages)
- Front Pay (money for lost future earnings)
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Injunctive relief
- Emotional distress damages
- Punitive damages
- Attorneys’ fees and costs
Call A Los Angeles Retaliation Employment Lawyer at Wagner Legal Group, P.C. For A Free Consultation
If you think that you have been retaliated against for protected complaints and/or are a whistleblower contact the Wagner Legal Group for a free consultation or call (310) 857-5293.