Employers sometimes make mistakes for which they are held accountable by their employees. Unfortunately some employers cannot move on from the fact that they were wrong and retaliate against the employees. Both federal and California law protects an employee from such retaliatory acts. If your employer has punished or terminated you as a result of reporting their wrongdoing then you have recourse. Our Santa Ana attorneys aggressively protect workers from employer retaliation. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. We also service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Lawyers protecting Anaheim, Santa Ana, and Irvine employees from employer retaliation
There are many instances in which an employee may report wrongdoing by an employer. Examples of such instances include:
- Workplace sexual harassment
- Gender discrimination by an employer
- Discrimination based on sexual orientation
- Employees reporting unpaid wages
- Employees reporting unpaid overtime
- Complaints of a hostile work environment
It is illegal for an employer to punish an employee for reporting or prosecuting such conduct. Examples of retaliation may include changing an employee’s schedule, reducing their pay, taking other actions to make them uncomfortable, and the extreme case of wrongful termination. A company which engages in such retaliatory acts may violate federal law as well as California’s Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA). Such violations can result in the employer paying damages and the victim’s attorney’s fees.
Violations of the FEHA, such as retaliation by an employer, must first be reported to a state administrative agency. If the agency cannot resolve the dispute then the employee will be given the right to sue the employer. Once a lawsuit is filed it is important to acquire evidence showing that the employer’s conduct was in retaliation for something the employee reported. Such evidence may include witness statements, internal documents and emails, as well as other records which call the time of the disciplinary act into question. This evidence will be presented to a jury at trial and the jurors will decide whether the employer is liable as well as the amount of damages they should be required to pay. Bringing such a case can be a complicated process and one should retain an attorney to assist them.
Our Orange County labor lawyers assist the victims of employer punishment. Once retained we will immediately file your claim with the requisite administrative agency. Once you are given the right to sue we will quickly file your claim with the Court. We will interview all relevant witnesses, obtain copies of internal documents and correspondence, and conduct the investigation necessary to show what happened. If your matter does not settle then our attorneys will aggressively take your case to trial, present the facts to the jury, and argue that you should be paid for lost wages, costs associated with finding new employment, for pain and suffering, and possibly for punitive damages. We understand that your employer has committed a serious wrong. We will take the matter seriously.
We service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Orange County attorneys showing respect to the victims of employer retaliation
We understand that employer retaliation is an extreme insult. Our firm is built on the idea that everyone is entitled to the highest level of respect. Our attorneys will be in regular communication with you throughout the process and will ensure that they are available to answer your questions. Your phone calls and emails will be quickly returned and you will be informed of what to expect as the case moves forward. Contact us today.