Employees have a number of rights that are protected by Federal and state laws. At DesJardins & Panitz LLP, we stand up for workers who have experienced retaliation at the hands of their employers just because they have asserted their rights as employees. If you are a victim of retaliation because you have filed a worker’s compensation claim or because of you have complained about safety, overtime, breaks, or filed a complaint against your employer with any state agency, we are here to help. Contact our Southern California employment Lawyers to have your case evaluated as a possible retaliation claim.
When you find yourself caught up in a workplace retalation claim, you will be best served by a law firm with a deep understanding of both sides of the case. At DesJardins & Panitz LLP, we have more than twenty years experience representing clients in all types of employment law cases, including retaliatory termination and other retaliation claims. To discuss your case, contact one of our Southern California offices to schedule a free case evaluation.
Workplace retaliation claims are based on the employee’s claim that an employer has illegally retaliated against him/her in response to a legal action, including:
- Filing or supporting a discrimination claim
- Requesting accomodation for a disability
- Reporting illegal or fraudulent actions occurring in the workplace (whistleblowing)
- Claiming workers’ compensation
- Complaining about safety, overtime, or breaks
- Acting as a witness in a case against your employer
UNDERSTANDING EMPLOYEE RIGHTS
As knowledgable workplace retaliation lawyers, we feel it is important that employees be fully aware of their rights as protected at the Federal and California state levels:
- Whistleblower legislation protects employees who notify authorities of an employer’s illegal or fraudulent conduct. Employers are strictly prohibited from terminating or unfairly treating employees as a result of their pursuit of a whistleblower claim.
- First Admendment Rights. The U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment gives goverment employees the right of free speech, including reporting illegal conduct as well as conduct during political campaigns. Political employees are therefore protected from an employer’s retaliation in response to exercising those rights.
- Harassment and Discrimination Laws. The Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, and similar laws specify that employers cannot harass or discriminate against employees based on age, disability, race, gender, pregnancy, national origin, religion, sexual orientiation, or, importantly, having filed a claim against one’s employer.