Los Angeles, California, Retaliatory Termination Lawyers
Retaliatory termination is illegal. Employers may not fire an employee in retaliation for a claim of harassment, discrimination or wage and hour violations. State and federal laws have carved out certain exceptions to at-will employment to protect employees who report their employers for employment law violations.
If you believe that your employer terminated you in retaliation for reporting illegal actions, you may have the right to compensation. Damages available to employees for wrongful termination include lost wages and punitive damages.
At The Bononi Law Group, LLP, our Los Angeles retaliatory termination attorneys will evaluate your claim and assess whether you have a case to hold your employer accountable for retaliatory termination. We have handled hundreds of wrongful termination claims for employees in Southern California.
Retaliatory Discharge for Harassment and Discrimination
If an employee reports sexual harassment or workplace discrimination, the employee is protected from being fired. State and federal laws offer protections to encourage employees to report harassment and discrimination without fear of losing their jobs.
- Reporting sexual harassment: An employee is protected from retaliatory discharge when he or she reports sexual harassment or supports another employee's claim of sexual harassment.
- Reporting workplace discrimination: An employee is protected when he or she reports or supports another's claim of discrimination, such as gender discrimination, religious discrimination, race discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination or disability discrimination.
Protection From Retaliatory Discharge
Employees are also protected when they report illegal activities by their employer. For example, if an employer is illegally billing Medicare/Medicaid and the employee reports the illegal activity, the employee is protected. There are several whistleblower protections that allow an employee to report an employer. If an employer fires the employee as a result, the employee may have the right to sue for retaliatory termination.
Other protected employee acts include:
- Armed Forces participation
- Reporting wage or hour violations
- Requesting overtime pay or benefits
- Family and Medical Leave Act absences
Our firm has significant experience handling complex retaliation claims. Contact our Los Angeles law office, The Bononi Law Group, LLP, or call our retaliatory termination law firm at 800-641-5548 to discuss your rights after retaliation.