Updated: Apr 21
Spotting The Signs Of Workplace Retaliation In California
In the workplace, retaliation occurs when an employee acts in "protected activities," and the employer responds with one or more adverse employment measures.
When an employer takes adverse action against an employee, it is not always unlawful retaliation. However, to qualify as a form of retaliation, the employer must have taken the adverse employment action because of the protected activity.
What Are Protected Activities?
Protected activities come in a variety of shapes and sizes. According to the legislation, employees should be able to engage in these activities without fear of retaliation from their employers.
This may include the following:
Reporting your employer to OSHA
Filing an employment claim
Reporting your employer to FEHA and other organizations
Refusing to break the law
Filing an HR complaint against coworkers
Taking a medical leave
Asking to accommodate your disability or religion
If you've been on the receiving end of unlawful retaliation, consult with a prescreened California Employment Attorney immediately.