Various employment laws make it illegal for an employer to discriminate or harass an employee. These laws also make it illegal to retaliate against the employee for engaging in legally protected activities. Protected activities include, but are not limited to, internal or external complaints, such as filing an internal grievance with the management, filing a charge of discrimination or harassment with a government agency, or participating in an employment discrimination investigation or lawsuit. The employer cannot retaliate against the employee for engaging in protected activity, such as filing a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, even if EEOC later determines that no discrimination occurred.
Retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in legally protected activities. Examples of retaliation may include:
- Firing or demoting the employee;
- Denying the employee for a raise;
- Reassigning the employee to a less desirable position; or
- Passing over the employee for training opportunities.
At Clark Employment Law, we are committed to fighting in court to get justice for employees who have been retaliated against for exercising their legal rights. Please contact our firm if you feel that you have been mistreated at work because you engaged in protected activity. Our Los Angeles based attorneys with expertise in employment law will assist you in pursuing all legal remedies that are available to you.