Whenever an employer fires an employee for a reason prohibited by law or by an employment contract, the employee may have a case against the employer for wrongful termination. California law forbids employers from retaliating against an employee if the employee reports a suspected legal violation to the government. What does retaliation mean, and what kinds of behavior are protected from retaliation? Let’s talk about this in a little more detail.
In California, it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee when the employee gives information to law enforcement or a government agency and the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of law or noncompliance with a federal or state statute, regulation or rule. Employees can discuss the conditions affecting their working conditions with government agencies and law enforcement.
The retaliation law protects employees from termination. It also protects employees from demotion, suspension or other forms of discipline. The law protects the disclosure of information where the information is reasonably believed to disclose the violation of state or federal statute or the violation or noncompliance with a state or federal rule or regulation. These laws and rules can include rules against discrimination and harassment, but it can also include things such as violation of labor laws, violation of laws against pollution and violation of building codes.
Retaliation can happen at any kind of employer, including employers in the film and entertainment industry and the health care industry. Wrongful termination attorneys can provide more information to employees who believe they have experienced retaliation from their employer.