If you complain about or oppose discrimination or harassment, seek protected leave, or request an accommodation for a disability or religious observance, it is unlawful for your employer to retaliate against you. Retaliation can take many forms, such as termination, suspension, failure to promote, failure to train, denial of some employment benefit, or other discrimination. The California Fair Employment and Housing Act prohibits retaliation. Employers can also be liable for failing to take reasonable steps to prevent retaliation from occurring.
California law also prevents your employer from retaliating against you if you exercise your rights to receive lawful pay by taking legal action, reporting the non-compliance to a person at the Company with authority over you, or testifying regarding your employer’s non-compliance.
Victims of retaliation can recover remedies such as back pay (past lost earnings), front pay (future lost earnings), damages for emotional distress, punitive damages, and attorney’s fees and costs. Non-monetary remedies are also available, such as hiring or reinstatement, promotion, policy changes, and training.