As an employee, it is your right, and sometimes your responsibility, to speak up against unlawful practices in your workplace. Unfortunately, many times employers will respond with harassment and discrimination when you do in an attempt to discourage others from taking a stand in the future. This is known as retaliation, and is against the law in many situations. If you feel that your employer is retaliating against you for your actions, the Law Office of Alexander G. Van Broek is here to help.
Retaliation Is Often Against the Law
If you see violations of the law in your workplace, you have the right to speak up. A number of laws, in both California and the federal government, protect whistleblowers from retaliation. As an example, if you work in a medical facility and see patient safety violations, you have a legal and ethical duty to speak up. Health and Safety Code section 1278.5 provides protection for the healthcare worker who chooses to speak up.
Employee safety is also something you can, and should, speak up against. Labor Code sections 6310 and 6311 both provide protections for workers who complain about dangers in the workplace that affect employee safety.
Many times employees fail to speak up because they expect the employer to punish them through failed promotions, discrimination and harassment. If you do speak up and suspect that your employer is taking punitive action against you, you need to seek the help of a lawyer.
Proving Retaliation with an Aggressive, Knowledgeable Lawyer
Retaliation is against the law, but accusing your employer of retaliation is not going to get very far if your employer is, in fact, guilty. You will need the help of a lawyer to take your employer to court and fight for your rights.
The team at the Law Office of Alexander G. Van Broek believes in protecting the rights of employees. We take a positive approach to legal disputes and have been providing effective representation of employees since 1982. Serving the San Francisco Bay Area, we are ready to help you fight against the retaliation you are facing. You have the right to speak up if you see something at work that is illegal. Attorney Alexander G. Van Broek is here to ensure you can do so without fear of retaliation.