As an employee, you have certain obligations that vary depending on your position. However, you also have specific rights that do not waiver based on your title or station. Specifically, you have the right to be free from harassment and discrimination, and you have the right to be protected from retaliation from your employer if you assert those rights or report illegal acts of supervisors or co-workers. When those rights are violated, you may have legal options.
The Rager Law Firm knows that large employers like Kaiser Permanente may take advantage of its employees by abusing their rights. We know this because we have seen it before. In fact, we have specific experience dealing with Kaiser Permanente or its affiliates and its treatment toward its employees. In Gardena, these entities include the Kaiser Permanente Carson Medical Offices and Kaiser Permanente Gardena Medical Offices.
Employment Claims Against Kaiser Permanente in Gardena
Kaiser Permanente has a specific arbitration procedure that employees must use when starting employment claims against them. The fact that they have their own system for employee complaints should tell you a lot about how they treat their employees and just how large of an employer they really are. In fact, Kaiser Permanente, as a whole, employs over 20,000 people on a regular basis.
By implementing an arbitration process, Kaiser Permanente is able to keep most employment claims out of the news and out of the district court system. They also impose stringent procedural requirements. The Rager Law Firm has experience dealing with this system and understands the deadlines and other qualifications that you must meet. That type of experience is extremely valuable and can significantly increase your chances of getting a favorable result for your case.
California Law Protecting Healthcare Workers in Gardena
The State of California has taken great pains to protect patient rights. As part of that goal, they have enacted laws that encourage healthcare workers to report conditions or circumstances that threaten patient health. These include things like:
When required safety protocols are not followed
When medical professionals or staff are using unsafe or unsanitary equipment or supplies
Dirty or unsanitary conditions generally
Ignoring healthcare protocols for checking on patients
An employee is protected by California law virtually any time they report a condition or circumstance that threatens patient health. The following laws help provide this protection:
California Business and Professional Code Section 2056 applies to surgeons and physicians who protect patient safety and encourage adequate healthcare
California Health & Safety Code Section 1278.5 applies to healthcare workers who report unsafe patient conditions
California Business and Professions Code Section 510 applies to licensed health care workers who report poor patient care
Essentially, any healthcare worker who reports patient care violations is protected by California law against the retaliatory acts of Kaiser Permanente, including things like termination, demotion, or harassment. You have legal rights under these circumstances, and you can assert them successfully with the help of the Gardena Kaiser Permanente attorneys at The Rager Law Firm. Call today at 310-527-6994 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with our team.
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