These days, businesses and other establishments are constantly looking for ways to cut costs and save money. Unfortunately, this sometimes gives business owners and leaders enough incentive to participate in unethical activity. Unfortunately, employees who witness and report this unethical activity often face retaliatory acts such as wrongful termination. Whistleblower laws offer protection for California workers who report illegal or unethical activity in the workplace.
Losing a job can be very stressful and difficult. The experience can even be downright traumatic if loss of employment resulted from a wrongful termination. In another state, a woman filed a wrongful termination claim against her former employer after she allegedly experienced harassment and retaliation from her superiors. Workers in California who face situations similar to what this woman encountered may have the grounds to pursue legal action.
When employers are called out for unethical or inappropriate behavior, they sometimes seek revenge against those who exposed them. In the state of California, harassment and retaliation in the workplace is a direct violation of established employment laws. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 protects workers from facing retaliatory acts for reporting violations or other unethical acts. A woman in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after she was allegedly fired for reporting unethical activity.
For many full-time workers in California and across the country, employment is not only about wages, but also about the many benefits that full-time employees receive. Eligible full-time employees often receive benefits such as paid vacations, health insurance and worker's compensation. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers in today's fast-paced world of business to retaliate against employees for using benefits to which they are entitled. When this happens, victims can take legal action. A man in another state claims he was fired in retaliation for using worker's compensation benefits and he has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.
It goes without saying that losing a job can have significant financial impacts. However, when a worker is fired in retaliation, the experience can be psychologically and emotionally devastating. Employees in California who are subjected to unfair treatment or witness unethical conduct in the workplace have a right to speak up without fear of retaliation. So, what can be done if an individual loses his or her job as a result of retaliation? This allegedly happened to a woman in another state and she filed a wrongful termination lawsuit.
One of the worst and most hurtful experiences an employee can face is harassment from a boss or superior. Employees in California have rights and should never be forced to endure harassment in the workplace. Unfortunately, it seems to be happening more and more these days. Losing employment for any reason is difficult, but when employment is lost as a result of harassment, the experience can be humiliating and traumatic. A man in Los Angeles filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after he was allegedly harassed and fired.
When workers face retaliation in California, reactions vary. Some people may struggle to keep their jobs for as long as possible. Another set of workers may move on and never look back, preferring to forget the incidents that led to the complaint and subsequent retaliation. Others may wish to seek legal recourse but first need to know where to begin.
When workers in California file a complaint related to sexual harassment or other workplace issues, they may find themselves the target of workplace retaliation. In fact, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission reports that the discrimination findings based on retaliation has been as high as 53% in the past decade.
When employees in California lose their jobs under unfair circumstances, many of them shrug it off as normal and simply move on to another job. For others, the transition process is more difficult. It may take weeks or months to find another job and it may not be as high-paying as the one they lost. When seeking new employment, recruiters may also be reluctant to hire employees for top positions if they were fired from their last job. So, what can these employees do?
The at-will doctrine used by the state of California means employers are free to fire workers for any reason, provided the employers do not violate civil rights laws that forbid discrimination. However, if a company describes specific procedures for firing an employee, it could be argued that the company has waived at-will firing. One place to look for these procedures is an employee handbook.