Burbank Employment Retaliation Attorney

Burbank Employment Retaliation Attorney

California is an “at will” State.  If the employee does not have a written employment contract, an employer can terminate an employee at any time and without any notice.  However, an employer cannot terminate an employee for any illegal reason such as one based on race, age, gender religion, sexual orientation or other protected class.  An employer also cannot retaliate and/or terminate an employee for acting within his rights and/or in the public interest.

What is Employer Retaliation?

Retaliation can take many forms. One of the most common forms of retaliation is unlawful termination. However, there are other means by which an employer may illegally retaliate against an employee. An employer may reduce employment hours or pay rate, wrongfully demote or discipline an employee, make unreasonable work demands, or block an employee’s promotion or advancement.

There are many reasons why an employer may retaliate against an employee. Reasons for employer retaliation include but are not limited to:

Complaining about wage and hour violations

Filing a workers’ compensation claim

Filing for unemployment benefits after a cut in employment hours

Taking family/medical leave

Complaining about sexual harassment

Refusing unwanted sexual advances

Refusing to engage in unethical or unlawful conduct

Complaining about employment discrimination

Reporting unsafe work conditions

Disclosing abuse, wrongdoing, fraud or safety violations

Reporting abuse, wrongdoing, fraud, or safety violations

Refusing to lie to a government official or agency

In addition, there are specific whistleblower laws that protect employees from retaliation when they come forward to report wrongdoing and illegal acts. For instance, Labor Code §6310 protects employees who report health violations and occupational safety while Labor Code §98.6 protects employees who report violations of wage and hour laws.


There are many other forms of employer retaliation. If you are unsure whether your employer is guilty of workplace retaliation, it is best to seek guidance and advice as soon as possible.

Contact the Law Office of Alisa Goukasian for a Free Case Review – No Fee Unless We Win

Employer retaliation is a serious problem. The threat of workplace retaliation prevents many employees from exercising their legal rights. If you have been retaliated against, seek legal advice. Learn about your rights and the steps you need to take to protect yourself.


Contact the Law Office of Alisa Goukasian by calling 818-242-4601 to schedule your free consultation with a Burbank, California workplace retaliation lawyer.