Some of the most important professionals in this country are those who work in the healthcare industry. Those in these jobs, including doctors, nurses, surgeons, and more, all face many of the same problems the other people do at their jobs. However, far too many healthcare workers face wrongful termination, discrimination, and retaliation at work. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we are here to help when you need a healthcare law attorney. We are dedicated to helping secure compensation on your behalf.
Protecting the rights of medical workers
Medical workers have difficult jobs, and they should never have to worry about being the victim of discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, or retaliation. There are various laws in the state of California that work to protect healthcare workers specifically. This includes doctors, surgeons, nurses, medical assistance, and many other medical workers.
- California Health & Safety Code Section 1278.5: Protects healthcare workers who face retaliation for complaining about suspected unsafe patient care.
- California Business & Professions Code Section 510: Protects licensed healthcare workers (including nurses) who face retaliation for complaining about inadequate patient care.
- California Business & Professions Code Section 2056: Protects doctors and surgeons who face retaliation for complaining about inadequate patient care.
Workers in the medical field must be able to raise alarm bells when they recognize inadequate patient care or unsafe patient conditions without fear of employer retaliation.
Other issues that medical workers face
Those who work in the healthcare industry face the same types of illegal actions by employers as workers in other industries. This can include discrimination based on any of the following:
- Race and color
- Sexual orientation
- Pregnancy status
- Marital status
- Gender identity
- Religion or creed
Both state and federal laws protect workers from discrimination based on any of the categories listed above. The law also protects workers from being retaliated against by employers for raising concerns or filing complaints based on discrimination.
Workers in the healthcare industry also face:
- Wage discrimination. Pay disparities between women and men in the workplace continue to exist despite federal and state laws that make this illegal. Employees should be receiving equal pay for equal work.
- Sexual harassment. The #MeToo revolution has shown us that sexual harassment is prevalent in the workplace. Any sexual harassment of employees is illegal.
Let us help you through this today
If you or somebody you care about works in the healthcare industry and has been the victim of an employment law violation, contact an attorney today. At Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers, we specialize in protecting the rights of workers in the medical field. We will investigate your case in order to secure any compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- Recovery of lost wages
- Possible reinstatement to your job
- Court costs and legal fees
- Pain and suffering damages
- Possible punitive damages against an employer