At the Leichter Law Firm, APC, the Los Angeles employment law attorney, Aryeh Leichter, knows how important it is for California employees to promptly and effectively raise workplace concerns and lodge complaints.
What are the Most Common California Employee Complaints That Can Lead to Employment Claims?
California employees have the right to work in a safe environment. Unfortunately, not everyone abides by workplace rules or obeys state and federal employment laws.
Some of the most common workplace complaints may include, but are not limited to:
- Racial, Age, Pregnancy, Disability, & Religious Discrimination.
- Safety Concerns and Workplace Hazards.
- Sexual Harassment.
- Wage & Hour and Overtime Pay Violations.
Even when employers foster a workplace culture where employees feel safe to voice their concerns, they must take all complaints seriously, regardless of their nature. Then, they must respond with a clear solution to ensure the employee’s rights are protected.
How Should California Employers Respond to Workplace Complaints?
The first step all California employers should take is establishing a straightforward complaint reporting procedure. This may include establishing a designated HR contact or an online reporting system.
Employers must also:
- Train managers and supervisors on recognizing and responding to workplace complaints.
- Promptly investigate complaints and conduct a thorough and impartial investigation.
- Interview the complainant, the alleged offender, and the witnesses separately to gather information about the incident. All parties should keep detailed records of the investigation process, including notes, interviews, evidence, and any actions taken.
- Keep the details of the complaint and the investigation confidential to the extent possible to protect the individual’s privacy.
- Analyze the findings objectively to determine whether a company policy or legal violation has occurred.
If the complaint is substantiated, the employer must take appropriate corrective action, including disciplinary measures, training, or policy changes. In addition, California law prohibits retaliation against employees who file complaints or participate in investigations, and it is up to the employer to ensure that is true. this
When employers do not provide clear communication channels, regular feedback sessions, and anonymous reporting mechanisms, these significant complaints can go unresolved and lead to hostile work environments that require legal action.
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If you have reported workplace wrongdoing to your employer, and the company failed to investigate the complaint, contact Aryeh Leichter, the Leichter Law Firm, APC founder, and employment law attorney in Los Angeles County today to discuss the legal remedies that may be available for your unique workplace circumstances today, starting with a free consultation by calling 818-915-6624 or contacting the firm online.