Nobody should have to work in unsafe conditions. Thankfully, both federal and state laws protect employees who come forward to report unsafe working conditions to their employer or to regulators. However, it is not uncommon for employers to retaliate against workers in these situations. At The Rager Law Firm, our team is here to help if you need a Los Angeles retaliation attorney after reporting unsafe work conditions. If you have been retaliated against, we will investigate your claim and fully prepare to represent you in court. We will help secure any compensation you may be entitled to because of the retaliation.
California law regarding unsafe work conditions
If an employee in California believes that their work environment is not safe, they should immediately report their concerns to their employer. We strongly recommend that this complaint be made in writing so there is a written record. Under California law, an employee does not need to identify specific statutes or regulations that the employer is violating, as this can be highly technical. It is okay for an employee simply to make a report in good faith about an unsafe or unhealthy working environment.
After an employee makes a report about unsafe work conditions, they are protected by California law from being retaliated against. When we turn to California Labor Code Section 6310, we can see that it says specifically that “No person shall discharge or in any manner discriminate against any employee…” because they report an unsafe working condition to their:
Other government agencies
What does workplace retaliation look like?
Workplace retaliation can occur in many forms. In some cases, this may include outright termination. This can also include what is termed “constructive discharge,” which is basically a fancy way of saying that the employer is forcing an employee to resign.
Some other forms of retaliation can be more subtle and more difficult to identify. This can include the following:
Placement into undesirable shifts
Workload increases or decreases
Being excluded from meetings and correspondence
Being denied a promotion or a raise
Being subjected to arbitrary disciplinary actions
Negative performance reviews even after previous positive reviews
Denial to training or resources necessary for career advancement
Call our Los Angeles workplace retaliation attorney today
If you or somebody you care about has been retaliated against by an employer after reporting unsafe work conditions, contact the team at The Rager Law Firm today. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of California employment law, and we have the resources to fully investigate your claim. Our goal is to secure the compensation you are entitled to for your losses, which can include: