We represent employees in a wide variety of “FEHA retaliation” claims.  We also defend Companies facing “FEHA retaliation” claims.

What is FEHA?

FEHA is California’s “Fair Employment and Housing Act.”  California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing, https://www.dfeh.ca.gov/, as well as the court system, enforce FEHA.

“FEHA retaliation” refers to a retaliation tied to specific protected classes identified by statute.  Chris Adishian explains FEHA and the current protected classes in the following video.

The current protected classes include race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age, sexual orientation and military and veteran status.

How do FEHA Retaliation Claims Work?

FEHA retaliation claims generally fall into two categories.  First, a plaintiff claims that the Company retaliated against him or her based on his or her membership in the protected class.  Alternatively, the plaintiff claims that the Company retaliated against him or her based on his or her opposition to  Company conduct that violates FEHA.

California has strong public policy against FEHA retaliation.  California statues and case law support this public policy.  These statutes and case law provide severe penalties.  These penalties include front and back wages, waiting time penalties, attorneys’ fees, cost reimbursements, interest and potential punitive damages.

Many employees mistakenly believe that they have no valid claims because California is an “at will” state. Similarly, many employers mistakenly believe that they are litigation proof because California is an “at will” state. The truth is not so clear cut.  Talk with us.

FEHA retaliation is different than Whistleblower Retaliation.  To learn about Whistleblower Retaliation, please visit our Whistleblower Retaliation page.

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