Retaliatory Termination

At Lawless & Lawless, our attorneys have extensive experience handling retaliatory termination claims. For more than 35 years, attorney Barbara Lawless has lectured and written about retaliatory discrimination law. Lawyer Therese Lawless was awarded the San Francisco Trial Lawyer of the Year award due mainly to her work in the areas of wrongful discharge and retaliatory termination.

Workplace Retaliation Attorneys Serving San Francisco

Our attorneys are skilled litigators and we will defend your rights inside and outside of the courtroom. If you believe that you have lost your job in retaliation for having asserted a right or reporting an unlawful condition, contact the San Francisco workplace retaliation lawyers at Lawless & Lawless for a confidential preliminary evaluation of your case. Inquire about a free consultation.

What Is Retaliation in the Workplace?

A claim of workplace retaliation can support a lawsuit in cases where it appears that the employer fired the employee as punishment for having asserted a protected right. You may have a claim for retaliation if you were fired or demoted for:

  • Reporting sexual harassment or quid pro quo harassment
  • Filing a workers' compensation claim
  • Complaining about discrimination against yourself or a co-worker
  • Reporting a dangerous, unlawful or corrupt workplace condition or practice
  • Reporting fraudulent accounting practices at a business
  • Reporting health or safety code violations
  • Complaining about any illegal practice in the workplace

Protecting Yourself and Your Job

If you report illegal discrimination or another illegal act to your employer, be sure to keep a written record of it for your own purposes. Employers will often deny that you complained in order to shield themselves from liability.

While keeping a written record is a good idea, it is important to note that oral communications and complaints are also protected. So long as you communicate your complaint to your employer and a reasonable person could interpret it as a complaint, you are protected under the law from retaliatory termination.

Experienced California Whistleblower Retaliation Lawyers

Our skilled California whistleblower retaliation attorneys can help you secure damages if you have been terminated, including back pay, front pay, punitive damages as well as damages for emotional distress. Contact our employment law attorneys to discuss your case.

The San Francisco employment law attorneys at Lawless & Lawless represent employees in workplace discrimination and sexual harassment lawsuits, wrongful or retaliatory discharge cases, sex discrimination and glass ceiling claims, and other employee rights matters. Our California employment discrimination attorneys serve clients throughout California.