State and federal laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employers who file complaints about sexual harassment, ethical violations, or criminal activity. Employees are also protected if they decide to file a lawsuit against their employer for any of the aforementioned incidents. A Woodland Hills retaliation attorney from JML Law can investigate your claim of retaliation, provide an honest assessment of your case, and make recommendations for your legal options. You should not fear for your job if sexually harassed or discriminated against at work and you decide to file a complaint.
Employees Are a Protected Class
Employees are not only protected from retaliation by state and federal laws, but also by company policies written and adopted by most companies. Retaliation against employees cannot be taken for any of the following:
- Reporting suspected criminal or unethical actions of the employer to the proper authorities
- When the employee exercises their rights under the law in a reasonable manner
- When an employee takes part in a court proceeding as a witness or plaintiff
The most common actions of an employee protected from retaliation include the following:
- Making a claim related to the Fair Labor Standards Act
- Making a claim for violations of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
- Making a claim about harassment or discrimination
- When an employee joins a union
- If an employee blows the whistle on their employer
- If an employee seeks benefits they are due but never received
Who is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is a protected class of workers who cannot be fired or retaliated against for blowing the whistle against their employer. Whistleblowers are those who inform a law enforcement agency of criminal activity committed by their employer or a government agency of their employer’s unethical practices.
What Are My Legal Options?
Victims of retaliation in the workplace have multiple options for recourse, including filing a lawsuit against their employer. Lawsuits are often filed when the employer fails to take the proper action once an employee files a complaint against a co-worker or supervisor. In order to report retaliation in the workplace, the employee does not have to be 100 percent certain that the law was violated. The employee only has to logically think that they were targeted by their employer in retaliation.
Compensation for Retaliation
Workplace retaliation claims that secure victories over employers often come with various forms of compensation for the victims. Compensation can include any of the following:
- Being rehired
- Being awarded back wages
- Being reimbursed for legal fees
- Being compensated for other damages related to the retaliatory action
When you have questions about workplace retaliation, let the Woodland Hills retaliation attorney at JML Law examine your case.
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If you have been retaliated against by your employer, it is time to seek experienced legal representation. Call the Woodland Hills retaliation attorney at JML Law to schedule a consultation. We will examine your case and recommend the proper course of action to protect your rights. Call our office at 818-610-8800 today.
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