Don't Be Punished for Doing the Right Thing
In far too many cases, workers who try to do the right thing on the job by standing up against harassment or discrimination, whether directed at themselves or others, can find themselves the victim of retaliation, making their work life even more stressful.
The California Fair Employment & Housing Act, however, provides powerful protections for conscientious employees, and gives them tools to fight back against employers who have violated employee rights through retaliatory actions. In California, it is against the law for an employer to discharge, expel, or otherwise retaliate against an employee for opposing harassment or discrimination on the basis of a number of factors, including (but not limited to):
- National origin
- Physical or mental disability (including HIV and AIDS)
- Medical condition (including genetic or family disposition towards a medical condition)
- Sex (including gender identity)
- Sexual orientation.
It is illegal for an employer to direct or permit retaliation against an employee who opposes prohibited discrimination or harassment, whether the underlying action is directed against either that employee or another employee. It is important to remember that, in order to successfully prove a retaliation claim against an employer, there is no requirement for the employer to actually have broken the law with regard to the underlying perception of harassment or discrimination ‐‐ only that the employee had a good faith belief that that there was unlawful harassment or discrimination, and that retaliation occurred against the employee as a result. A plaintiff who brings a successful retaliation case against an employer can be entitled to an array of damages, includes compensation for emotional damages, punitive damages in some cases, as well as an award of attorney fees.
If you have stood up against harassment or discriminatory action at your place of work (or former place of work), only to find yourself the target of further bad actions in the form of retaliation affecting your mental well‐being, the financial security of you and your family, and perhaps even the safety of you and your family, you may be feeling hopeless, cheated, and powerless, and believe that there is no one you can turn to for help.
At the law offices of Brian Vogel, we understand what you are going through and we can help you to stand up to those who have wronged you. We know what a shock it can be to be targeted for trying to serve the interests of justice and fair play, and we will help to hold employers accountable where they permitted wrongdoing. Pasadena employment attorney Brian Vogel has 27 years of civil litigation experience, the last 8 of which have focused on protecting the employment rights of workers, and he has helped to restore the dignity of workers who have suffered retaliation while holding employers accountable for their illegal actions and working to prevent other similarly situated employees from having to suffer the same type of retaliation from those employers in the future.
At Vogel Law, APC, we work with employees who are simply trying to do the right the thing, but have unfortunately become the victim of retaliation carried out by or permitted by their employers. If you or someone you love has been the victim of retaliation by an employer in California, contact Pasadena employment law attorney Brian Vogel, who will fight to protect your rights under state and federal employment law and get the compensation you are rightly owed. For a free consultation, call (626) 796‐7470.