San Diego Employer Defense Attorneys
Employer retaliation lawsuits have unfortunately become much more prevalent in recent years. The legal standard for proving claims of discrimination or harassment are quite high, and most cases simply cannot succeed based upon the facts. The Watkins Firm has a strong record of defending San Diego employers in all forms of employment related litigation. Perhaps more importantly, we work with our business clients to ensure that employer related disputes and lawsuits, and specifically retaliation claims, are prevented before they ever arise.
Employees often attempt to establish a retaliation claim by attempting to show that they complained about one issue, suffered some form of job related set-back, and attempt to present evidence to demonstrate a link between the two events. Recent Court decisions here in California have unfortunately expanded the circumstances that comprise wrongful employer retaliation. Attorneys representing the employee often seek employer retaliation cases, as they can often result in expensive “punitive damages.”
Our work begins with effective employment contracts, policies and procedures manuals and employment handbooks. We counsel our business employers on all areas of national, state and local employment laws to reduce the incidence of disputes. However, when an employee doesn’t get their way or faces disciplinary action or termination a claim of retaliation can often arise. What is the key to preventing and defending claims of employer retaliation?
Educating San Diego Employers on What Constitutes Retaliation
The first step in preventing a claim of employer retaliation is education. It is important for an employer to not only understand what constitutes retaliation, but the warning signs leading up to a retaliation claim. Employers and managers of your company should understand that any disciplinary or adverse employment action they take against an employee, even if it isn’t directly associated with the workplace, can create the potential for retaliation claims.
When an employee has complained about an employment related violation, your company should carefully document the employee’s assertions, the action(s) taken, and include written correspondence to the reporting employee that they are protected, by law, against retaliation for raising the concern. These communications must be carefully worded to ensure that the employee understands that just disciplinary action for other non-related work issues is different than retaliation, and that protections against retaliation do not translate to job security or the ability to violate company employment policies.
This is why it is important to have an experienced and effective general business counsel. There are “red flags” when it comes to relationships with your employees, and your company owners and managers need to have access to legal guidance when facing delicate employee interactions and disciplinary situations.
Contact Experienced Employer Retaliation Defense Attorneys Based in San Diego
Employer retaliation is a dispute that is fraught with the potential for litigation and expensive punitive damages. When you work with the Watkins Firm, we do everything possible to prevent issues of retaliation before they ever arise. We structure employment contracts and employment documentation that guides managers and employers, as well as those who work for you. When a claim of retaliation is asserted, you need immediate experienced legal representation to help diffuse the situation if possible, document all that has happened, and work to reduce your legal and financial exposure.
We invite you to contact us or call 858-535-1511 for a comprehensive and complimentary consultation. We will discuss the specifics of your dispute, and our unique approach to disputes and litigation. We will develop a strategy to bring about a successful outcome in your case in the shortest possible timeframe, and in a cost-effective manner. A claim of employer retaliation carries substantial legal and financial risk. Work with the experienced legal team at the Watkins Firm, and put our decades of experience, expertise and a strong record of success to work protecting your interests.