How is illegal retaliation defined?
Employees have certain rights under whistleblower, anti-discrimination and other employment laws. When an employer takes a negative action against an employee for exercising these rights, it can be considered illegal retaliation. Examples of retaliation include termination, pay cuts, negative performance evaluations or demotions.
Employees who participate in legally protected activities are shielded from retaliation under California and federal laws. Protected activities include but are not limited to filing a complaint about sexual harassment in the workplace, requesting reasonable accommodations for a disability or reporting employment discrimination to a supervisor.