What are some examples of an adverse employment action?

An adverse employment action is some form of unfavorable treatment that affects a worker’s pay, working conditions, job duties or position. Common examples of adverse employment actions include termination, suspension, pay cut, poor performance review, changed work shifts, failure to promote, demotion or transfer to a less-desirable position.

When an employer takes an adverse employment action against an employee based on their membership of a protected class, it may be considered discrimination. Protected characteristics under the law include race, age, sex, pregnancy and disability, among others.

If your employer subjected you to adverse treatment because of a protected characteristic, you may have a claim for workplace discrimination. Contact Erlich Law Firm to speak to an Oakland employment lawyer about your situation.

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