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Worker Retaliation Protections During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Workers are protected by California’s worker laws.

What is worker retaliation?

If you are fired, or your pay or work hours are reduced for using your labor rights under California’s laws, that is retaliation, and it is illegal. It’s also illegal for your employer to threaten to report you to immigration authorities for following California laws. All workers in California are protected by labor laws, including retaliation protections, regardless of immigration status. These continue to be your rights and protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Activities that are protected from retaliation under California law include:

• Speaking up about unsafe conditions or unpaid wages
• Refusing to work in unsafe conditions
• Reporting an unsafe workplace or labor violation
• Filing a wage claim for unpaid wages
• Assisting in an investigation of your Employer

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