Opposing Discrimination is a Protected Activity
Did you know you have rights and protections when you oppose discrimination? Opposing discrimination is a protected activity under FEHA and the EEOC. Being terminated for opposing discrimination is illegal and would constitute wrongful termination.
What is engaging in protected activity?
As an employee in California, you’re given the right to oppose certain practices, complain about unlawful activity, provide information in an investigation, refuse to participate in unlawful behavior, request accommodations, and much more. With these rights come protections from your employer. You cannot be terminated or face adverse employment action for participating in these protected activities.
What is retaliation?
Retaliation occurs when you are given an adverse employment action, such as demotion or termination because you participated in a protected activity. Retaliation is illegal, especially if your employer terminates you. Retaliatory termination is considered wrongful and would allow you to sue your employer to recover damages.
Opposing discriminatory practices or discrimination is protected.
If you have a good-faith belief that your employer is engaging in discriminatory practices, you have the right to oppose your employer. You can oppose your employer by complaining about discrimination against yourself or other employees. Engaging in opposition to discrimination also includes the threat of filing a discrimination complaint. Opposition can also be a complete refusal to obey an order that you believe constitutes discrimination. You may also provide information in an investigation of discrimination.
What if my employer retaliates against me for opposing discrimination?
California employment laws grant employees the right to sue their employers for retaliation. If you've been a victim of retaliation for opposing discrimination, then call us immediately to discuss your case. Our team of employment attorneys is ready to take your call and fight for you.
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