As a pervious posts on this blog discussed, employees in California are protected under state and federal laws from being punished at work simply for exercising certain legal or basic civil rights. They are also protected from retaliation for reporting an employer's violations of state or federal law, so long as they follow the terms of the state's whistleblower statute when doing so.
Unfortunately, despite having legal protections, many employees who do the right thing by reporting a law violation to the proper governmental authorities still wind up getting punished at work.
Employers will rarely come out and say that they are firing an employee because the employee reported a law violation or safety issue. Instead, they may do something subtler, like giving an employee a bad evaluation or an unfavorable job assignment, usually for reasons that, at least on the surface, seem like legitimate grounds to discipline an employee.
This is one reason why a Los Angeles worker who feels that he or she has been the victim of retaliation should get legal help, as proving retaliation can be more difficult than one might think. In this respect, our law office has experience representing victims of retaliation as part of its employment law practice. Retaliation, for instance, can often be considered a form of employment discrimination, and it can also be grounds for a wrongful termination claim, both of which we have successfully prosecuted on behalf of clients.
When taking on a retaliation case, our top priority is to make sure we get all the information we need in order to accurately advise our clients of their legal options. This means we first of all listen carefully to our client's story and then, through legal channels, gather information that could tend to show that what on the surface seemed like a legitimate employment action was in fact retaliation. Once we have the facts, we will advocate for our client's interest either at the negotiation table or during the course of a trial.