California and federal law give employees substantial rights, and you can report your employer if they violate one of them. For example, an employer cannot discriminate on the basis of a protected characteristic or require you to break the law. If you report this illegal activity, then your employer might retaliate against you. Sometimes, it… Read More

Most employment relationships in California are “at will,” meaning that your employer can let you go for any reason and without warning. It also means you can leave at any time for any reason. However, some employees have contractual rights as spelled out in an employment contract. These contracts typically identify the reasons you can… Read More

The Key Elements of a Workplace Retaliation Claim Have you recently lost your job due to suspicious circumstances—suspicious meaning that you recently complained to HR about a frisky higher-up, or an investigation was recently opened because you engaged in whistleblowing activity, or you demanded higher pay because your male counterpart, of the same skill level… Read More

What is Constructive Discharge in California? To begin, constructive discharge (also known as constructive termination) occurs when a California employer, for unlawful reasons, knowingly creates harsh, intolerable working conditions for an employee. This leaves the worker no realistic choice but to quit, that employee may have a claim for constructive discharge. Under this theory, you… Read More

What California Employees Need to Know About Workplace Retaliation Many California workers experience negative retaliatory treatment in the workplace. California has laws preventing retaliation against employees, but many are still demoted or fired anyway for participating in legal acts. You talk with a employment law attorney about your employer’s actions, and your attorney confirms that… Read More