California prohibits retaliation against employees and job applicants based on a number of statutes. The California Department of Industrial Relations provides a comprehensive list of laws that specifically prohibit discrimination and retaliation - http://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/howtofilelinkcodesections.htm.
In addition, the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) also prohibits retaliation against any person for making a complaint, assisting a complainant, or opposing any action in the workplace that would violate FEHA.
Because of the numerous laws that may cover retaliation claims, it is important to speak with a knowledgeable employment attorney to determine if your claim rises to the level of unlawful retaliation.
If you believe you have been retaliated against, contact our firm for a free consultation.