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.
For most people in California, their job is their livelihood. Without a way to earn a living, basic needs cannot be met. Undoubtedly, losing employment is stressful and can have far-reaching effects. However, being fired in retaliation is something that can affect an individual for the rest of his or her life.
Whistleblower is a term used to describe a person who reports, or blows the whistle, on illegal or unethical activity in the workplace. Luckily, there are laws at both the state and federal levels to protect whistleblowers. The Whistleblower Protection Act of 1989 protects employees from facing retaliation for reporting law violations or other unethical acts. A former employee of a school in California recently filed a wrongful termination lawsuit after she was allegedly fired for reporting improper activity.
An employee reports improper behavior then faces harassment or retaliatory acts from their superiors in an effort to keep the employee quiet and sweep the accusations under the rug. It's a common and unfortunate scenario. Harassment and retaliation in the workplace is a direct violation of employment laws established in California and across the country. A woman in another state filed a wrongful termination lawsuit over claims that she endured sexual harassment from the CEO of her former company.
Being fired from a job is a significant event that can have astounding negative effects on a person, both financially and psychologically. It can be absolutely devastating for a worker to lose his or her job due to retaliation. Unfortunately, when superiors at work get called out for unethical activities, they often seek to retaliate against those who exposed them. In California, retaliation in the workplace is illegal and victims can pursue legal action.
Sometimes, workers may suffer a significant injury at work. Fortunately, there are laws in the state of California that allow those who are injured to take extended time off for recovery without losing employment. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for employers to retaliate and terminate workers who take advantage of these rights. Its common knowledge that losing a job can have significant financial implications and lead to many hardships. When employment is lost due to retaliation, victims often suffer emotionality and psychologically.
Obviously, losing a job can inevitably lead to financial problems. However, when employment is lost as a result of retaliation, the experience can also have severe psychological and emotional ramifications. When employers who participate in illegal or unethical activities are exposed, they can often look for revenge. In California, whistleblower laws protect employees from retaliation in the workplace.
Most people would agree that lying is never a good thing. In some cases, lying at work is enough to warrant termination in the state of California. But what if a manager asks an employee to lie about a situation, then fires the employee in retaliation for refusing to lie? This is allegedly what happened to an employee in another state and she filed a lawsuit.
Reporting illegal activity is the right thing to do. Unfortunately, too many workers in California face retaliation at work for reporting misconduct or illegal acts. According to recent statistics, the number of employees who have faced retaliation for reporting misconduct has nearly doubled in the last five years. Although conduct by employers has improved somewhat, there is still cause for concern.
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.