This is Retaliation
"Sheila, I'm tired of your complaints about my smoking. I'm reassigning you to a clerical position in another office and cutting your pay to fit your new duties."
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Retaliation occurs when an employer discriminates against an employee for exercising a legal right. Here, Sheila, as a Californian employee, has the right to a smoke-free work place and the right to complain about second-hand smoke at work without fear of retaliation by her employer. Sheila has a retaliation claim.
Whistleblowers who report suspected misconduct to their employer rather than to government agencies are protected from retaliation - even if the investigation triggered by their good faith report shows that the misconduct reported did not, in fact, violate the law.
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