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Understanding retaliatory discharge law

On Behalf of | Mar 18, 2016 | Employee Rights

As a worker in the state of California, here is something you should always keep in mind: You are an employee in an at-will state. For this reason, employers have the right to terminate your employment without cause.

Even though California is an at-will state, employers are not permitted to terminate employees due to any form of discrimination. Furthermore, it is illegal to terminate a worker who reports discrimination or a violation of the law.

Retaliatory discharge is when a company terminates a person’s employment in retaliation for a particular action, such as reporting racial discrimination.

Some of the many actions protected by federal and state laws include:

— Reporting discrimination.

— Reporting harassment.

— Requesting overtime.

— Requesting to receive additional benefits.

— Refusing to partake in illegal activity.

— Reporting a violation of federal or state regulations.

— Serving his or her country.

In the event that a person becomes the victim of retaliatory discharge, he or she may be entitled to receive monetary compensation. This includes but is not necessarily limited to lost wages and punitive damages.

Do you have a retaliatory discharge case? Are you wondering what to do next? It can be difficult to deal with this situation, as you don’t always know your rights as an employee. Our law firm has represented many people who have been discharged illegally.

If you want to learn more about your rights, contact our law firm online or via phone. You can also review our website and blog for additional information. In the end, what matters most is that you protect your rights and receive any compensation you deserve.

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