At the Leichter Law Firm, APC, the Los Angeles employment law attorney, Aryeh Leichter works tirelessly to protect California employees from unlawful circumstances, so their workplace rights are protected at all times.
Both California and Federal laws protect employees who have been harassed, discriminated against, or wrongfully terminated because of their age, race, disability, religion, pregnancy, whistleblowing, or another protected characteristic.
It is important to understand that if your workplace rights have been violated in any way, speaking up may prevent the behavior from happening to someone else. If you have filed a claim against a current or previous employer, you may want to know what that means in the long term. Will it impact your ability to pursue a different job? Will your workplace integrity be called into question going forward?
Here are a few things to know about your initial workplace claim, and how it can be viewed by others.
Is My California Employment Law Claim Confidential?
There are several ways an employment claim may unfold. First, most employers require their employees to report any workplace violations — including harassment or discrimination — to their human resources department first.
HR managers are expected to keep this information confidential. This means if a future employer contacts your previous employer for a reference, the HR manager cannot tell the caller that you previously filed a claim against the employer.
If you can prove that your previous employer’s HR department disclosed the report to your future employer as retaliation, then you may have a legal claim for this violation.
Likewise, if you reported an employment violation to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, your claim is confidential until it reaches an actual lawsuit that is filed in court. Court files are public, so it may be possible for a future employer to find the record on their own if the claim makes it that far in the process.
How Can I Protect Myself from My Previous Employment Case Being Used Against Me?
Contacting a California employment law attorney from the start of your harassment, discrimination, or retaliation experience can help protect your rights from the moment you begin considering a claim.
Most employment law cases never reach a courtroom and are often settled before that phase through attorney negotiations or mediation — both of which are fully confidential.
No matter what workplace rights violation you are experiencing, you do not have to face your employer alone. 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.