Oakland Retaliation Attorney

Taking a Stand Against Retaliatory Employers in California

Did you blow the whistle on your employer’s illegal practices and face adverse actions as a result?

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for companies to break the law, whether through:

  • Mismanagement of funds
  • Abuse of authority
  • Danger to public health
  • Or safety or regulation violations

Even more unfortunate is that when someone is brave enough to call out such practices, they are often punished by their employer in some way. The good news is such behavior is against the law, so you may be able to bring a lawsuit against the employer for retaliation.

Choose Our Retaliation Lawyers in Oakland

When you need legal representation in your corner following a workplace retaliation incident, don’t hesitate to call Benton Employment Law. You can count on our Oakland employer retaliation lawyer to help you through this unfortunate situation.

Founding attorney Chambord Benton-Hayes has been standing up for the rights of California employees for over a decade and is prepared to fight for the resolution you deserve.

To discuss the particulars surrounding your case during a free and confidential legal consultation, call Benton Employment Law at (510) 650-0250 or send us a message online to schedule a consultation with our Oakland retaliation lawyer.

What Is Retaliation?

Retaliation is an unfavorable action taken by employers in response to their employee’s complaints about violations of the law. California law states that employees are entitled to be free from wrongful discharge, unlawful discrimination, and unlawful retaliation in their place of work.

This includes:

  • Retaliating against sexual harassment
  • Whistleblower retaliation
  • Or retaliation for reporting any other violation or abusive behavior to your employer or another authority

Is Retaliation Illegal in California?

Retaliation is illegal in California. The laws protect employees from different forms of retaliation aside from just termination. These include:

  • Creating more difficult assignments
  • Cutting hours
  • Demanding increased production
  • Demotion
  • Denial of previously enjoyed benefits or privileges
  • Harassment
  • Increased critical supervision
  • Retaliatory discharge
  • Transfers

Each case is unique, but whenever you suspect you are being treated in an unkind and unfair way after taking action against your employer, you need to consult with an Oakland retaliation lawyer.

Understanding Your Rights Against Retaliation

California law safeguards employees from retaliation for numerous reasons. These protections extend to those who file complaints about discrimination or harassment, request reasonable accommodations due to a disability, or report illegal activities, or unsafe working conditions. This ensures a fair and safe work environment for all.

California law provides protections against retaliation for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Filing a complaint about discrimination or harassment
  • Requesting reasonable accommodations for a disability
  • Reporting illegal activities or unsafe working conditions
  • Participating in a workplace investigation

Laws & Statute of Limitations for California Retaliation Claims

In California, you can file a lawsuit within three (3) years of the alleged retaliation conduct if it occurred in 2020 but only one (1) year if it occurred in or before 2019. To learn more about how to file a claim for retaliation give us a call.

All workers should know that it is illegal to face retaliation for:

  • Filing a discrimination claim
  • Cooperating during an investigation
  • Filing for worker’s compensation benefits
  • Participating in union activities
  • Or refusing to partake in illegal activity

You are protected from retaliation by both state and federal laws. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989, for example, was enacted to make sure an employee would not face adverse actions for looking out for public interests.

Call Our Oakland Workplace Retaliation Attorneys

When an employer retaliates against an employee for engaging in a protected activity, it is illegal and constitutes workplace retaliation. If you are facing retaliatory actions at work, it's critical to understand your rights as an employee as well as your legal options.

Our qualified retaliation attorneys in Oakland are dedicated to helping employees stand up against retaliatory employers and seek justice for their mistreatment. We have a proven track record of success in handling retaliation claims and holding employers accountable for their unlawful actions. Our team has a thorough understanding of California employment laws and can provide guidance and representation to ensure that your rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you deserve.

If you believe you have been a victim of retaliation in the workplace, don't hesitate to contact Benton Employment Law for a consultation. We are here for you and prepared to fight for your rights. Give us a call at (510) 650-0250.

Commonly Asked Questions

How can I determine if I am experiencing workplace retaliation?

If you suspect that you are being treated unfairly or unkindly after taking action against your employer, it is important to get in touch with an Oakland retaliation lawyer at Benton Employment Law to assess your situation and determine if you are experiencing workplace retaliation.

Helpful Resources

If you are wondering whether or not you have a legitimate claim against your employer for retaliation, don’t hesitate to contact the Oakland employer retaliation attorney at Benton Employment Law by dialing (510) 650-0250.

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