East Bay Area Workplace Retaliation Attorneys

East Bay Area Workplace Retaliation Attorneys

East Bay Area Workplace Retaliation Attorneys

Fighting for Employees Who Suffered Unlawful Retaliation in the East Bay Area

Not only do federal and California state laws prohibit workplace discrimination and harassment, but they also prohibit an employer from retaliating against employees in certain situations. The law gives employees the right to complain about and report unlawful discrimination and harassment, and employees should be able to exercise these rights without the fear of losing their jobs or other adverse employment actions. 

Unfortunately, employers engage in retaliation on a regular basis, and these companies should be held fully accountable for their unlawful actions. Employees should seek help from East Bay Area Workplace Retaliation Attorneys who can help with both the initial complaint and any retaliation that follows. Please contact the law firm of Minnis & Smallets right away.

Why do Employers Retaliate?

There are many activities that employers may not like but that are protected by law. Some activities that could lead to unlawful retaliation include:

  • Refusing sexual advances from a supervisor
  • Making a written or verbal complaint about discrimination or harassment to a supervisor, the HR department, or someone else at your place of employment
  • Filing a complaint with a government agency about discrimination or harassment
  • Filing a lawsuit in civil court for discrimination or harassment
  • Participating in an investigation or serving as a witness in a discrimination or harassment case
  • Answering questions honestly regarding discrimination or harassment
  • Discussing possible wage discrimination with co-workers
  • Refusing to engage in discrimination or harassment when requested by your employer
  • Requesting reasonable accommodation for a disability or religious practice
  • Requesting reasonable accommodation for pregnancy under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act 
  • Requesting qualified leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)

You should be allowed to engage in any of the above without experiencing a setback in your career or losing your job. 

What Constitutes Unlawful Workplace Retaliation?

Retaliation can take many forms, and any adverse action taken by your employer after you engaged in protected activities might count as unlawful retaliation. Some common acts that constitute retaliation include the following:

  • Harassment
  • Unwarranted discipline or poor evaluations
  • Reducing your pay or hours
  • Giving you undesirable shifts, job assignments, or job locations
  • Setting unreasonable or higher standards for your work than others
  • Taking disciplinary action for no reason
  • Making employment-related threats
  • Termination from your job

Some adverse employment actions – such as termination – are relatively obvious. Others, however, might not be immediately identifiable as retaliation. If you suspect your employer is retaliating against you but are unsure, you should have an experienced lawyer evaluate your situation. We can review what rights you exercised and the actions your employer took and advise you whether we believe you have a valid case for retaliation.

Contact Our East Bay Area Workplace Retaliation Attorneys for Free Today

At the office of Minnis & Smallets, our East Bay Area workplace retaliation attorneys fight for the rights of employees to be free from harassment, discrimination, and retaliation. We work to hold employers liable for unlawful conduct, so please contact us for a consultation as soon as you can.


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