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Retaliation Actions and Complaints

On October 3, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (S.B. 306) authorizing the Labor Commissioner to petition a superior court for injunctive relief for violations of employment-related discrimination or retaliation. Employees may also bring a civil action to seek injunctive relief. The law also requires that the court assess legal costs and attorney’s fees to the employer when an employee is successful in his or her civil suit.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read CA S.B. 306

Fines Increase for Violations of the Whistleblower Protections for Health Facilities

On September 25, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation (A.B. 1102) increasing the maximum fine to $75,000 for a misdemeanor violation of the provisions that prohibit a health facility from discriminating or retaliating against an individual who has presented a grievance or participated in an investigation or administrative proceeding related to the quality of care, services, or conditions at the facility.

The law is effective January 1, 2018.

Read CA A.B. 1102