Retaliation for Complaints

Bay Area Attorneys for Employees and Employer Retaliation

Your Employer Cannot Retaliate Against You for Wage or Hour Complaints

A retaliation for complaints violation is just one of many types of unjust or prejudicial treatments employees face on the job and that we fight in court. For more about our Employment Law legal services, please see our “Bay Area Employment Law Attorney” page. Or for other types of employee work-related issues we fight for our clients, see the links to the right.

It is unlawful for your employer to retaliate against you for complaining about your employer’s unlawful wage and hour practices.

It is unlawful for your employer to retaliate against you for complaining about their unlawful wage and hour practices.  This means that if you complain about not being properly paid, not receiving your meal or rest breaks, or any other wage and hour violation, your employer is not allowed to take an adverse employment action against you.

These adverse (i.e., negative) employment actions (retaliation for complaints) include:

  • Termination
  • Cut in pay
  • Less favorable job duties
  • Lower evaluation scores
  • Transfers
  • Reducing work load or responsibilities
  • Increasing work load or responsibilities
  • Threats
  • Harassing or ignoring the employee

It is impossible to list all of the types of adverse actions that your employer may take against you. However, if you have complained to a supervisor or the human resources department and the employer begins to treat you badly, then you may have a claim both for the wage and hour violations that you complained about as well as for the retaliation.

Sometimes, the retaliation claim may be stronger and more valuable than the violation that you originally complained about.  The purpose of these legal protections is to permit employees to raise concerns about improper or illegal workplace practices without fear of retribution.

The law firm of Venardi Zurada LLP provides free initial consultations for retaliation for complaints throughout the San Francisco/Bay Area as part pf our wage and hour practice. We are experienced employment lawyers who fight hard for our clients.  If we are able to take your case, we pay all litigation costs.  We only get paid our costs and attorneys’ fees if you get compensation.


If you are an employee who feels their rights have been violated, or you need help negotiating or reviewing your employee contract, please call to speak to one of our expert employment law attorneys at (935) 937-3900 or submit the form to the right.

When litigation or mediation is involved, and we are able to take your case, there is never any fee or expense to you of any kind until you get paid! That means we pay all litigation costs which you will not be required to pay back, and we only get paid if you get paid.

We have four offices to serve you in San Francisco, Oakland, San Rafael and Walnut Creek, and serve clients throughout the entire San Francisco Bay Area including the entire Silicon Valley and throughout California.