Workplace Retaliation - What is it?

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Workplace retaliation occurs when an employer punishes an employee for engaging in a legal workplace activity. Retaliation can include any negative job action, such as demotion, discipline, firing, salary reduction, or job or shift reassignment. 

Recently, the California Labor Commissioner cited a Los Angeles McDonald’s franchisee more than $125,000 for workplace retaliation. In the case, four employees were fired for legally reporting unsafe working conditions during the COVID-19 pandemic.

OUR OFFICES DID NOT WORK ON THIS CASE, but let's make it clear, firing these four employees for merely calling out unsafe working conditions is against the law. Thus, the California Labor Commissioner cited a Los Angeles McDonald’s franchisee $125,913 for workplace retaliation and labor law violations.

“Too many workers fear retaliation if they report a problem or stand up for their rights,” said Labor Commissioner Lilia García-Brower. “California law has anti-retaliation protections in place that make it illegal for employers to punish workers for exercising their labor rights, such as reporting a workplace safety hazard. My office is committed to ensuring those laws are enforced.”

We echo this sentiment

If you have been a part of workplace retaliation by your current of past employers. Please reach out to the Law Offices of Devon K. Roepcke, PC, so we can help you recover the money that you are rightfully owed.