Employees in California and across the United States have rights. This means that no employee should have to put up with retaliation or harassment of any kind in the workplace. Unfortunately, workers throughout the country routinely endure harassment because they feel tied to their job or they may think that's just how life is. A food company in California is at the center of a lawsuit filed by an employee who alleges she was a victim of harassment and retaliation.
The plaintiff worked in a plant owned by the food company. According to the lawsuit, the woman developed respiratory problems a few years after being hired. Allegedly, her doctor determined the problems resulted from noncompliant masks that the company required workers to wear. After alerting her manager, the plaintiff claims she was reluctantly transferred to a refrigerated area of the plant and was told that she was lucky to have work.
The woman claims her new work area only aggravated her respiratory problems and she had to take disability leave. The woman was terminated while she was on leave, the lawsuit alleges. The woman also claims she endured constant harassment from superiors and co-workers because of her age and was ridiculed because of her religion.
Employees in this country are protected by law and do not have to put up with harassment or retaliation at work. Those in California that have been harassed or retaliated against in the workplace may want to consider consulting a knowledgeable employment law attorney. A successfully litigated claim could result in significant compensation as well as reinstatement of employment and benefits.