How Do You Know You Have A Retaliation Claim In California?

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.


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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.