Kaiser Permanente employs over 20,000 health care workers. It is a major health care provider in Southern California and several other parts of the country. When companies get this big, they sometimes ignore employment law requirements in favor of cutting costs and increasing income. Unfortunately, both workers and patients may suffer when this happens.
The Rager Law Firm has been helping employees assert their rights against Kaiser Permanente for over 20 years. We have achieved significant results for clients, but Kaiser Permanente still continues to take advantage of its staff and engage in illegal employment actions in some cases.
No matter how big Kaiser Permanente becomes, they still have an obligation to treat their employees with dignity and respect—and follow California and federal law. The dedicated Downey Kaiser Permanente attorneys at the Rager Law Firm have helped clients deal with employment claims against Kaiser Permanente related to:
If you feel that your employer or even co-workers have violated employment laws, you need to contact a Downey Kaiser Permanente attorney to examine your situation and make recommendations on what you should do next.
Employment discrimination occurs when someone else treats you differently in the workplace. It could be with regard to getting a job in the first place, or it could be the assignments you receive at work. It could also involve whether you get the same pay, benefits, or paid time off as other people. Although some discrimination is legal, such as discrimination based on skills or experience, other forms are explicitly prohibited based on federal and state laws in California.
Certain traits get “protected status” in the workplace, such as race, age, nationality, genetic information, sex, and disability. When an employer engages in discrimination based on these traits, illegal activity may have occurred. You might have the ability to sue Kaiser Permanente for damages that were caused by their discrimination.
Discrimination comes in many forms. Below are just a few examples based on federal anti-discrimination laws:
California also encourages healthcare workers to report poor patient care, so they have made it illegal to retaliate against an employee who advocates for appropriate care for patients.
California’s labor and employment laws are designed in part to prevent employers from terminating, discriminating against, or otherwise punishing workers who report unsafe conditions or practices to the relevant agencies or authorities.
Such laws play a particularly important role in the health care industry. Doctors, nurses, and other health care professionals should not feel hesitant to call attention to practices and hazards that can jeopardize the safety of their patients, their coworkers, and themselves.
Specific laws protecting health care professionals against employer retaliation in California include the following:
Again, while these laws technically serve an important purpose, that has not stopped some companies like Kaiser Permanente from violating them. It’s important to hold Kaiser Permanente accountable when the law is ignored.
The compensation that might be available to you if you take legal action against Kaiser Permanente can vary depending on the specific details of your case. Discuss the topic in greater detail with a Downey Kaiser Permanente lawyer to learn more about your options.
Attorneys can’t promise a certain settlement amount. Doing so is unethical. However, with a lawyer on your side, you might recover compensation for:
If Kaiser Permanente has retaliated against you by terminating your employment, it may be possible to get your job back through legal action. A jury or court may also decide to award punitive damages to punish Kaiser Permanente for a serious legal violation.
As an employee, you have more rights than you realize. You are entitled to a safe workplace that is free of discrimination and harassment. You also have the right to complain about discrimination, report harassment, and notify the state about health code violations or other illegal activities without fear of retaliation. Unfortunately, there are situations where Kaiser Permanente has been known to disregard these rights. In those cases, you need to learn more about what steps you can take to assert your rights against this large employer.
The Rager Law Firm can help. Give our Downey Kaiser Permanente attorneys a call today to set up a free consultation. Let us work with you to create a plan of action!
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