San Francisco Workplace Retaliation Attorneys

As an employee, you have an absolute right to report what you perceive to be employers’ violations of the law. You should never feel threatened or intimated into keeping silent for fear of retaliation. Federal and state laws prohibit employers from retaliating against you simply because you stood up for yourself and did the right thing. If you believe you have been a victim of workplace retaliation, we can help. For more than 60 years, The Cartwright Law Firm has provided zealous representation to protect individuals’ rights. Call 415-433-0444 or contact us online to arrange a free initial consultation and case evaluation with our employment lawyer. We offer tough, experienced advocacy to help employees obtain justice for wrongs. Short deadlines may prevent you from taking action if you wait too long, so get in touch with us as soon as possible.

What Is Retaliation?

Retaliation can take many forms. It may be blatant, such as firing or demoting you after you filed a report or claim. Sometimes, though, it’s more subtle. Unfavorable action in the following areas may count as retaliation:

  • Hiring
  • Promotions
  • Pay and benefits
  • Training
  • Job duties

Harassment or hostile conduct may also constitute retaliation.

When Is Retaliation Prohibited?

Both state and federal law prohibit retaliation against employees who bring claims of sexual harassment or other unlawful harassment.

Employees are protected when they:

  • Complain or threaten to complain of harassment
  • File a charge with a federal or state enforcement agency
  • Participate in a harassment investigation or proceeding
  • Oppose employment practices they believe to be unlawful under state or federal anti-discrimination/harassment laws

Employers need to understand that even more than traditional discrimination claims, such as sex or race discrimination, retaliation is a real and growing concern. Employees have the legal right to complain of unlawful discriminatory or harassing treatment in the workplace. And employers cannot take employment action against you for reporting unlawful conduct, even if you filed a claim or reported of a violation and lost. Common examples include reporting the following unlawful conduct:

  • Discrimination
  • Sexual harassment
  • Wage and hour violations
  • Violations of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

Nor can your employer retaliate against you for exercising your rights — for example, taking medical leave or filing a workers’ compensation claim.Unfortunately, retaliation claims are rising: according to the EEOC:

“Running afoul of retaliation claims can be costly. Nevertheless, companies are doing so with increasing frequency. In 2012, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission received nearly 38,000 retaliation charge filings, making retaliation the most frequently filed charge last year. Retaliation comprised 38.1% of all charges filed in 2012, up from 37.4% in the previous year. ” (National statistics)

Victim Of A Retaliatory Demotion, Salary Reduction Or Work Reassignment?

Contact the highly-experienced attorneys at The Cartwright Law Firm today for a free consultation and case evaluation by calling 415-433-0444. Our knowledgeable employment law attorneys represents only employees, never employers. In dozens of cases, we have helped individuals and groups facing discrimination obtain damages, including punitive damages in some cases. We are passionate about standing up against injustices.