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Unethical acts may go unreported due to the fear of retaliation

When an employee witnesses an illegal act in the workplace, he or she should do the right thing and report it. Unfortunately, employees may fear retaliation, and thus illegal or inappropriate actions can go unreported. However, many California workers may be unaware that they are protected by state Whistleblower Protection laws. Whistleblowing employees who face retaliatory acts can file a complaint and may be able to pursue legal action.

A former employee of the city of Adelanto recently filed a lawsuit over claims that he was retaliated against and fired for blowing the whistle on city officials. The man worked as an IT supervisor for the city. According to the lawsuit, an FBI investigation was conducted against several city officials. The plaintiff said he cooperated with the investigation and sent the FBI electronic documents that were requested.

Losing a job to retaliation can be devastating

In modern-day American, securing a stable job is the cornerstone of living a productive and fulfilled life. Having a job taken away as the result of retaliation is something that can psychologically and financially scar a person for the rest of his or her life. It can be tough to recover from something as catastrophic as this, but California workers should know that established employment laws offer protection from harassment and retaliation.

A woman in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit over claims that she was retaliated against after filing a complaint against her boss. The lawsuit said the woman hired for the position of vice president of business development but later transferred to a new position. According to claims, her new supervisor harassed her due to her age and gender.

How to emotionally handle a wrongful termination

Many people successfully sue former employers for wrongful termination. In one recent case, a Catholic school teacher in Los Angeles sued her employer for firing her for becoming pregnant and won $3 million. 

When you know an employer fired you wrongfully, it can be an emotionally-distressing time. There are legal actions you can take, but you may have emotional problems during this time. As you pursue your case, it is vital to keep the following points in mind. 

Age discrimination is happening more and more in America

Due to the ever-changing economic environment in modern California, some businesses are doing anything and everything to stay afloat. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for business owners to take drastic measures at the expense of dedicated and hard-working employees. As the American workforce ages, companies and businesses are weeding out older employees in order to portray a more youthful and exuberant image to consumers. Allegations of age discrimination are making headlines around the country these days.

A man in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against his former employer, alleging age discrimination. The man was employed as a store manager and had worked for the company for 38 years. He claims he was fired due to his age and medical condition. The lawsuit asserts that the man was diagnosed with stress/anxiety disorder and took two weeks off for medical leave at the recommendation of his doctor.

Family and Medical Leave: Man allegedly fired for using benefits

For many California citizens, the main reason for obtaining full-time employment is not about the salary, but the benefits that come with a full-time job. These benefits include health insurance, paid vacations and workers' compensation. Workers' compensation is a form of insurance that provides wage replacement for employees who are forced to take time off due to an on-the-job injury or illness. Additionally, eligible workers in the United States may receive unpaid Family and Medical Leave if they suffer serious injuries that prevent them from working or need extended time off to take care of a sick loved one.

Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against workers who take advantage of these rights and benefits. A man in another state filed a lawsuit after he was allegedly fired for rightfully using workers' compensation benefits. According to the lawsuit, the man suffered injuries while on the job.

Whistleblowers are protected by law from retaliation

A whistleblower is a person who reports illegal or unethical activity in the workplace. In the state of California, whistleblower laws exist to protect these employees from retaliation. A former middle school principle in another state has filed a wrongful termination lawsuit against the school district over allegations that she was retaliated against and fired.

The lawsuit alleges violations of whistleblower protection laws as well as disability discrimination. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff learned during a meeting that the district failed to pay overtime wages to some of the staff. The lawsuit said the plaintiff objected and told her superiors that they were violating wage laws. The plaintiff also claims that the district was keeping certain auditors away from buildings.

Workers file suit citing disturbing allegations of discrimination

In a perfect world, every person would be equal and receive fair treatment. Unfortunately, the world today is far from perfect and thousands of people across the country are discriminated against every single day. Treating a person differently or unfairly because of differing characteristics is the definition of discrimination. California residents who experience this in the workplace can take legal action.

Four African-American workers in San Francisco say they were subjected to harassment and racial discrimination while working for a construction company, and they have filed a lawsuit. According to claims, the men endured disturbing acts of bullying and harassment while on the job. One of the men worked as a plumber and claims there were swastikas and racist messages left for him on the bathroom walls of his job site.

Protection against age discrimination

There seems to be a stigma that as people age, they are less able to add to society as productive citizens. This is not only incorrect but also illegal.

Thankfully, there are laws and regulations in place to aid aging workers in the fight against discrimination. If you think you have a discrimination case, there are a few things that you should consider.

Reporting illegal activity can result in retaliation

In order to stay profitable in today's competitive economic climate, cutthroat actions by California businesses and employers are not out of the norm. Far too often, personal agendas and greed take precedence over ethical behavior and doing the right thing. Employees that witness unethical and illegal activities are protected and can take a stand. However, workers who blow the whistle are often subjected to retaliation.

A former attorney for the city of Cupertino has filed a lawsuit over claims that he was retaliated against and fired. The man claims the city fired him so it could push through a housing development project that allegedly violated state laws. Reportedly, the project would turn a former shopping mall into a hub of housing units and retail space.

Discrimination: Man allegedly fired due to disability

Treating a person unfairly based on race or gender is wrong. Unfortunately, discrimination still happens in California and all across America. Discrimination can exist in many forms and those who experience it can be scarred for life. Employees in California who are discriminated against while at work can take legal action.

A man in another state was recently awarded almost $5 million from a lawsuit he filed after a disability allegedly cost him his job. According to the lawsuit, the man worked as finance director for an auto dealership. The lawsuit says the man was diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo a laryngectomy. After the procedure, doctors provided him with a prosthetic speaking device.

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