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One of the most common reasons for wrongful termination is retaliation. For one reason or another, if your employer decides to retaliate against you, it could end in termination of your employment. Sometimes, employees get demoted or receive a salary cut as retaliation. If you are currently being retaliated by your employer, supervisor or co-workers, know that you are legally protected against being fired. If your employment is terminated, contact a Southern California employment law attorney at Diefer Law Group, P.C., to discuss legal action.

Employers retaliate for a number of reasons, including the following situations:
  • Alleged misconduct such as sexual harassment
  • Claiming discrimination in the workplace
  • The employee/victim did or said something that made the employer feel exposed
Employees who speak out against these alleged workplace violations, either publicly or privately, are called “whistleblowers.” By law, whistleblowers are protected against termination. Allow our Southern California employment lawyers to represent you if you have been fired as retaliation.


A recent Forbes report identified 12 of the most common workplace retaliation tactics. Some employees who are retaliated against do not lose their jobs but instead experience one or more of the following forms of retaliation. In many cases, employees who are wrongfully terminated undergo some of the following types of retaliation before they are eventually terminated.

The most common forms of workplace retaliation include:

  • Being left out of decisions and other meetings they were formerly included in.
  • The “cold shoulder” is an attitude that often accompanies workplace retaliation; 62% of employees surveyed indicated that they were victims of this treatment.
  • More than half of all employees surveyed said they experienced at least one instance of verbal abuse from their manager or supervisor.
  • 56% of employees surveyed say that they experienced threatened job loss as a type of retaliation.
  • Failing to receive an expected raise or promotion.
  • Receiving verbal abuse from co-workers.
  • Just under half of employees surveyed indicated that retaliation took on the form of a pay cut or their supervisor scaling back their hours.
  • Were you relocated or were your job duties reassigned? About 44% of employees surveyed said that they experienced the same thing.
  • Just under 35% of all other employees surveyed indicated that they were demoted, harassed online, endured physical harm or damage to their property, or harassed at home.
According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the law forbids retaliation when it comes to any aspect of employment, including hiring, firing, pay, job assignments, promotions, layoff, training, fringe benefits, and any other term or condition of employment.


If you have been wrongfully terminated or your job has been threatened as a form of workplace retaliation, then retain the legal representation you need by contacting a Southern California wrongful termination attorney at Diefer Law Group, P.C. We also represent employees who are enduring retaliation other than termination, such as pay cuts, demotions, loss of benefits and more. Our passion is to protect employees throughout Southern California against unlawful employment practices.

If you have a wrongful termination or whistleblower claim, contact Diefer Law Group today for a free initial case evaluation!


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