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To what extent are a California employee's politics protected?

A recent post on this blog discussed the noteworthy case of a Goggle software engineer's legal claim that he was the victim of political viewpoint discrimination, and specifically, got fired for expressing a minority political view.

California woman claims employer retaliation in new lawsuit

In the Los Angeles area, and across the country, the modern workplace tends to be extremely diverse. Most workers and employers understand the value of diversity and work to maintain a comfortable, productive and professional environment. However, there are times when certain incidents arise that can make all workers understandably apprehensive. The use of racial slurs can be deeply offensive to people from all backgrounds, and hearing them in the workplace can be jarring, at the very least, even as a bystander. Employers who fail to correct a hostile work environment can face litigation.

Protected activities and employer retaliation in California

California's labor laws may be numerous and often complex, but they exist for critical reasons. One such reason is the protection of the countless workers who form the heart of the state's economy. A key protection offered by the state is protection against employer retaliation. A Los Angeles wrongful termination attorney can provide legal advice on this topic.

Seeking protection from employer retaliation

Employees in California, and the rest of the country, deserves to enjoy their job and feel like they are treated fairly by their employer and their co-workers. However, for many employees that are members of a protected class, or those that have reported compliance or safety concerns regarding their employer, this may not be the case. When an employee feels that he or she is being discriminated or retaliated against by his or her employer, it is important for he or she to understand and protect his or her rights to a safe and enjoyable work environment.

What actions are protected by anti-retaliation laws?

Employees in the public and private sectors are granted numerous rights regarding their employment status and treatment by their organization. Many of these protections are in place to ensure basic rights are provided to all employees, while others have the intent of protecting employees that bring awareness to violations and non-compliance of their organization, whether the company is doing so purposely or by mistake.

What actions can be interpreted as employer retaliation?

Employees in California are afforded various rights via federal and state law. Among them is protection from retaliation by their employer in the event that they file a complaint regarding the company or one of its other employees. Regardless of the cause of the complaint or whether it is filed internally or with an external agency, an employer cannot commit any adverse action against an employee in response.

Employer retaliation for filing complaints

Employees who have been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace may face additional negative treatment if they elect to report such actions. Regardless of the specific action, if it is taken as a result of an employee's good faith report of unlawful activity, it is retaliation against the employee. Employees who are the subject of employer retaliation are those who have made an internal complaint, a complaint to a governmental entity or filed a legal action against the company.

Activities and employees protected from employer retaliation

Employees are granted numerous rights in the workplace, one of which is protection from negative treatment or actions by their employer for engaging in activities that they are allowed to do by law. Retaliation applies to specific individuals and only in certain situations, so employees should be aware of the rules of employer retaliation actions.

California enacts whistleblower protection statutes

Employees are expected to be productive at work and loyal to their organizations. However, if they see activities that their company is engaged in that are improper or illegal, they should report them accordingly. If they do so, they are protected from retaliation by their employer under both federal and California law.

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