Workers in California have specific rights that protect them from getting fired or being punished for asserting certain rights against discrimination or unsafe conditions. If you lost your job because you stood up to your employer, or your work conditions have changed as a result, you can take legal action.
What is retaliation? The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission discusses activities that are considered to be retaliation against the employee. It occurs when an employer takes negative action against an employee who took part in certain protected activities. An employer may not retaliate against someone who:
- Participated in an harassment investigation
- Filed an EEOC or OSHA complaint
- Resisted sexual moves or harassment
- Requested information potentially related to discriminatory pay
- Refused to discriminate against others
- Requested a religious or disability-related accommodation