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Whenever employees reasonably suspect and report fraud, discrimination, sexual harassment, and other illegal activities in the workplace, the law provides them with protections. Despite these, many employees still fear and experience retaliation from their superiors and employers. These actions are violations of state and federal retaliation laws and can serve as grounds for a lawsuit.
Why Choose Us as Your Lawyer
Retaliation from your employer can drastically impact your life, and the attorneys of Rafii & Associates, P.C. want to help you recover your rightful compensation. We treat every case we handle with the attention and dedication it deserves. From the moment you contact us for an initial consultation, you’re in the hands of a law firm that:
- Operates on a contingency fee basis, only receiving payment when we successfully resolve your case.
- Has over 75 years of experience in employment law, with significant experience in handling retaliation claims.
- Maintains an open and direct line of communication between our lawyers and clients, so that you’re always informed on your case.
We’ve successfully assisted clients with workplace retaliation claims – let us do the same for you.
Why Do You Need a Lawyer?
Some forms of retaliation can be smaller, such as refusing additional hours or raises, while others can involve the unlawful termination of your job. Regardless of the scope, these actions can severely impact your financial well-being and add high levels of stress to your life. With so much at stake, having a skilled attorney who is familiar with the process of retaliation claims and can help fight for your rights against your employer can mean the difference between a successful lawsuit and no compensation.
Definition of Retaliation
Workplace retaliation constitutes any negative action an employer takes against an employee for filing a complaint or assisting in a complaint about harassment, discrimination, and other violations of law. Some examples of prohibited acts of retaliation include demoting an employee, reassigning positions, reducing pay, giving negative evaluations, and wrongful termination.
Retaliation Laws in California
California has several laws that prohibit retaliation in many circumstances. In cases where an employee acts as a whistleblower or files a complaint against his or her employer, the employer cannot engage in any retaliation, regardless of whether the claim was true or false. In the event where one employee files a complaint and other employees cooperate with the resulting investigation by providing testimony, those employees are also under protection from retaliation.
Who Is Liable?
In a retaliation claim, whichever parties conducted the retaliatory behavior face liability for their actions. Employers are also liable for the retaliation actions taken by their supervisors, even if the employer was not the one who conducted the behavior in the first place. It is possible for multiple parties to be liable for your retaliation claim.
What Damages Can You Recover?
The available damages for your retaliation case will depend on the actions taken. In general, you can recover financial damages for any past and future lost wages because of retaliation, as well as lost benefits. As such actions can also result in severe stress, especially in cases of wrongful termination, it’s also possible to recover damages for pain and suffering. A court may also reward punitive damages against your employer.
Start Your Workplace Retaliation Claim With Rafii & Associates, P.C.
Filing a successful retaliation claim against your employer requires timely action to meet the statute of limitations – and your case starts with a free consultation with the attorneys of Rafii & Associates, P.C. From there, we can help you assess your case, help you determine the best course of legal action, and represent you through negotiations and trial with your employer. We always work to represent your case to the fullest capacity to help you get your life back on track following unjust retaliation.