Speaking Engagement:

CALPELRA 2014 Annual Conference | The Retaliation Tsunami: Staying Afloat In The Midst Of A Tidal-Wave Of Potential Liability

Event Information


Thursday, November 20, 2014


3:05 - 4:35 p.m.


Portola Hotel & Spa
Monterey, CA

Sponsored By:

California Public Employers Labor Relations Association (CALPELRA)
2014 Annual Training Conference (November 17-21, 2014)


David W. Tyra
Laura A. Izon


In fiscal year 2013, retaliation claims constituted 41.1% of all claims filed with the EEOC, twice as many as were filed in 1997. In addition, in 2013 the California Legislature passed new retaliation-related legislation (AB 263, SB 496, and SB 666) dramatically increasing the liabilities and penalties that can be imposed in state law retaliation claims. In enacting these new bills, the Legislature specifically found that, ‘[f]ar too often, when workers come forward to expose unfair, unsafe, or illegal conditions, they face retaliation from the employer.’ Retaliation liability is now embedded in more than two dozen sections of the Labor Code. As a consequence of these developments, retaliation has become perhaps the single largest source of liability for employers.