A Bakersfield Employment Retaliation Law Firm Representing Employees Only
Our firm represents Bakersfield employees in retaliation and whistleblower claims. We are attorneys who practice employment litigation with a sub-specialty in workplace retaliation. Sadly, we know of many individuals who have not complained about unlawful discrimination, sexual harassment or broken laws in the workplace due to fear of employer retaliation and mistreatment. This fear of illegal punishment is normal, but once we hear the facts and explain the process, our clients are happy that they did. The attorneys at Stephan Danz & Associates will make sure that your workplace retaliation claims are handled appropriately and that any whistleblowing activity is conducted with the utmost confidentiality.
Workplace retaliation may result from many types of instances. Our Bakersfield employment attorneys will spend the time needed to meet with you and hear your facts while reviewing your paperwork and determining if you have a case. Some recent examples of cases include a woman employee who reported sexual harassment and complained about it. Thereafter, she was not given any new projects and was moved to a separate area. Another instance is after an employee files a claim for workers compensation he is demoted or fired.
California and Federal Laws Prohibit Workplace Retaliation
California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”), the federal Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (“Title VII”), and the Whistleblower Protection Act, to name a few each have protections for employees against retaliation. The lawyers at Stephen Danz & Associates are well versed in these laws and will be able to evaluate your case in accordance with the case law and statutes.
Rest assured that your rights will be protected and that justice will be done. Even if the underlying claim (say for sexual harassment or other types of discrimination) is not successful, but the reporting of the claim is met by retaliation by your employer, that retaliation claim may still stand and we will ensure your employer compensates you accordingly.
Call Today for Complimentary Consultation with Bakersfield Whistleblower Retaliation Attorney
As soon as you believe that your employer conducted any illegal activity, contact our office to see how you should approach a whistleblower claim. Our Bakersfield attorneys are ready to help.
What is Retaliation in California
Employment retaliation cases are some of the most common, and complex, cases in California. They demand attorneys who are knowledgeable in the variety of laws and equipped with the experience and resources to gauge the exact parameters of each fact pattern and case. The success of each case hinges – and the amount of compensation for lost wages, benefits, emotional harm, and other related damages is contingent – upon the representation. Trust the specialized attorneys at Stephen Danz and Associates for a thorough understanding of your case and the proper application of the laws.
Under Title VII and California’s FEHA, a California employer may not retaliate against employees based on their reporting of discrimination. Our specialized exclusively employee-side attorneys review the case with you at your convenience and remain involved each step of the way. Often, this involves a review of the facts, request and analysis of the evidence through subpoena, deposition of your supervisor and those involved in the decision-making, and many other resources that are well beyond the capability of smaller law firms.
Retaliation is defined as an action by an employer, or someone acting on the employer’s behalf, against an employee who raised a concern. One common concern occurs when employees blow the whistle on corporations that federal or state violate statutes. Retaliation may appear in the form of harassment, intimidation, discrimination, demotion (or non-promotion), benefits, job assignment, or unlawful termination. Within whistleblowing under the False Claims Act, it is unlawful for employers to retaliate against employees who engage in protected whistleblower activity such as reporting violations to government authorities, testifying or giving statements as part of the investigation.
Laws Protecting Employees from Retaliation
There are many laws that protect employees from retaliation. Specifically, whistleblowers are protected against retaliation under:
- The Deficit Reduction Act (“DRA”)
- False Claims Act (“FCA”)
- Fraud and Enforcement Recovery Act (“FERA”)
- The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“ACA”)
The FCA protects whistleblowers from retaliation by the employer as a result of an employee, contractor or agent’s lawful act aimed to stop an FCA violation. Relief may include reinstatement, two times back pay, interest, special damages, litigation costs, and reasonable attorneys’ fees.
Title VII also prohibits employers from retaliating against employees based on their opposition to employment discrimination or the employees’ complaint of discrimination. Other types of anti-retaliation statutes are included in the Fair Employment and Housing Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Contact a Lawyer at Our Bakersfield Office Today
To truly evaluate whether your case qualifies as infringing on, or in violation of, federal or state laws, contact our office for an initial free consultation at (877)789-9707. At the conclusion of the legal consultation, our attorney will immediately let you know the strength of your case. We can also meet with you in person in Bakersfield and its surrounding areas.