workplace retaliation defined under California law
Retaliation is one of the most common claims that support wrongful termination lawsuits by California employees. Retaliation claim is an adverse employment action by the employer, such as demotion or termination, in reprisal for that employee's engaging in one of the defined protected activites. Some of the main activities that are protected by anti-retaliation laws are:
- Complaining about sexual, gender, racial or disability discrimination or harassment;
- Filing a workers compensation claim.
- Exercising rights to FMLA/CFRA leave due to serious medical condition.
- Engaging in union related or other policitical activity.
- Participating in legal or other kinds of official investigation, or participating in an internal harassment or discrimination investigation as a witness.
- Complaining about labor code violations, such as filing a complaint about not being paid overtime compensation.
- Complaining about violations at workplace that affect public at large (embezzlement of public funds, tax fraud, etc.)
- Complaining about health and safety code violations at workplace.
- Complaining about patient health and safety at a healthcare facility.