Laws exist which protect an employee against being retaliated against by an employer for reporting what the employee reasonably believes to be a legal violation. An employee also has legal protections against being retaliated against for refusing to engage in illegal conduct. It is not acceptable for an employee to be subjected to an increasingly hostile work environment, or to be denied equal employment opportunities, because the employee has stood up for what is right.
There are many workers out there who have simply asserted their rights at work, only to find themselves in an increasingly hostile work environment. Sometimes, the triggering event involves a "whistleblower" informing the authorities regarding illegal workplace activities, or an employee complaining to the employer regarding what the employee reasonably believes to be discrimination or harassment. It may be illegal for the employer to retaliate against the employee for taking these actions.
As an employee rights attorney in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area for over 20 years, I know that you need a lawyer who is focused and dedicated to protecting your rights in the workplace. Contact me at the Law Office of Alan Adelman so that I can help make sure you do not forfeit your rights before you have a chance to assert them.
Your employer may not require you to forfeit your legal rights in order to keep your job. Contact a knowledgeable attorney dedicated to protecting your rights and interests.
Workplace retaliation can come in a variety of forms. An employer may create a hostile work environment. The employer may illegally fire an employee.
It is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee under many circumstances, including:
- An employee informs the authorities of conduct which the employee reasonably believes to be illegal.
- An employee complains that the employee is being discriminated against or harassed based on the employee's race, gender, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation, pregnancy or national origin.
- An employee opposes conduct that the employee reasonably believes to be unlawfully discriminatory, harassing or retaliatory.
Your Workplace Retaliation Claim
If you have made a complaint regarding what you reasonably believe to be sexual harassment, discrimination or unpaid wages, and your employer has treated you unfairly because of that claim, you may be entitled to recover for the retaliation even if the underlying claim is unsubstantiated, as long as the original claim was based on a reasonable belief of mistreatment or discrimination by the employer.
If you think your employer is retaliating against you for asserting your rights in the workplace, or for reporting unlawful conduct, call my Bay Area office at 415-906-3331 or contact me online to see whether you have an employer retaliation claim.