Under the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, it is unlawful for an employer to retaliate against an employee for engaging in a protected activity.

Some examples of protected activities include:

Complaining to a supervisor or to Human Resources about discrimination or harassment

Filing a complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), or other government agency

Resisting discriminatory or harassing behavior

Participating in an investigation or legal action related to another employee’s claim of discrimination or harassment

Exercising rights under California’s Equal Pay Act

Requesting or requiring reasonable accommodations for disability

Requesting or requiring reasonable accommodations for a religion purpose

Requesting a job-protected leave, such as a leave under California’s Pregnancy Disability Leave Law, the New Parent Leave Act, the California Family Rights Act, or the Federal Family and Medical Leave Act

Adverse actions can take many different forms. Some are obvious, such as termination, demotion, suspension, or failure to provide a raise or promotion. Other examples may include changing an employee’s shift, location, or job duties to ones which are less desirable.

If you believe that your employer has retaliated against you or if you have questions about whether you have been retaliated against, the Schlehr Law Firm is here to help.

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