The State of California, Division of Occupational Safety and Health — better known as Cal/OSHA — outlines the health and safety rights of all California workers to help ensure they have a safe and healthful workplace.
At Romero Law, our California employment law attorneys know that not all workplace hazards, near-miss incidents, or actual injury, illness, or damage accidents are reported to the proper safety officials each time they are recognized or occur.
Unfortunately, when some California employees do speak up about workplace hazards and unsafe conditions, they face significant retribution from their employers. If this is true for you, it is crucial to understand both Federal and California laws prohibit retaliation for reporting workplace safety complaints.
Our trusted workplace retaliation attorneys want all California employees to know participating in a complaint process is protected from retaliation under all circumstances. We will help enforce the laws that protect your rights, so you can hold your employer liable for their unlawful behavior and help keep other employees safe going forward.
What are the Most Common Types of Employer Retaliation for Workplace Safety Complaints?
In some California workplaces, employees may face a culture of blame that leads to them being singled out, shamed, or criticized for their role in identifying and reporting workplace safety issues. When this behavior is strong enough to create a hostile or intimidating work environment, the employee may have a viable workplace harassment claim.
Workplace retaliation, which includes being discriminated against or harassed, may also include an employee facing adverse actions because he or she reported hazardous conditions or unsafe practices.
Common forms of retaliation for workplace safety complaints in California may include:
- Being denied a promotion.
- Decreased hours or other types of work schedule discrimination.
- Increased workloads.
- Unfavorable job relocations or shift assignments.
- Unjust negative performance evaluations.
- Unwarranted decrease in salary.
- Wrongful termination.
Contact Our Experienced Employment Law Attorneys Today
If you reported unsafe working conditions in California and are being retaliated against at work because of your claim, contact our Los Angeles County employment law firm for help today. Our bilingual staff offers services in both English and Spanish and is available now to discuss your case during a free consultation by calling (626)-396-9900 or online.