Retaliation Lawyers in Burbank
Representing the Victims of Unfair Treatment in the Workplace
What is retaliation?
Both federal and state anti-discrimination statutes make it unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee who reports or opposes prohibited discrimination, harassment, or other unlawful conduct.
Can a potential employer retaliate against me even if I have not yet gotten the job?
Yes, in California the Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits retaliation against “any person” and this includes job applicants or former employees.
My supervisor has been targeting me since I complained about the harassment I was experiencing. Can I sue him for retaliation?
No. The Fair Employment and Housing Act only authorizes retaliation lawsuits against your employer, not your individual supervisor or co-workers. However, depending on your specific circumstances, your supervisor may be personally liable for harassment. Discuss your situation with our employment law attorneys in Burbank.
My employer terminated me because I opposed its discriminatory policies; do I have any rights?
Yes, by refusing to obey a discriminatory order, you engaged in what is deemed a “protected activity” under the Fair Employment and Housing Act, even if you did not explicitly state your belief to the employer. Retaliation is prohibited if your employer, in light of the circumstances, knows of your belief. Also, you do not need to prove that your employer’s practice which you opposed was in fact discriminatory. The opposition is protected as long as you had a “reasonable and good faith belief” that your employer’s practice was unlawful.
My employer demoted me and cut my pay 3 months after I complained that he had not paid me all of my wages. Do I have any rights?
Yes. Your employer cannot retaliate against you by taking what is called an “adverse employment action” against you because you engaged a protected activity—such as complaining about not having been paid all of your wages. A demotion or pay-cut is a “materially adverse employment action” that can subject your employer to a retaliation claim. Schedule a complimentary case evaluation with the Akopyan Law Firm to discuss your case with our legal team.
Contact our employment lawyers in Burbank at (818) 509-9975 if you believe your employer retaliated against you.