File a Retaliation Complaint

File a Retaliation Complaint in person: If your employer punishes, demotes or fires you for exercising your labor rights, you can ask the Labor Commissioner to help you get your job back and pay your back wages by filing a retaliation complaint within six months of the date the incident occurred.

Its best that you fill out the complaint form and take it in to at the Labor Commissioner's Office closest to your workplace. Your local DLSE office will take your completed and signed complaint along with copies of your records and forward it to the Retaliation Complaint Investigation Unit.

File a retaliation complaint by mail: If you are unable to go in-person to a Labor Commissioner office, complete the complaint form and mail it in with your original signature.

For work done in Northern California (all areas north of Bakersfield):
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Retaliation Complaint Investigation Unit
2031 Howe Ave., Ste. 100
Sacramento, CA 95825

For work done in Southern California (all areas south of Bakersfield):
Division of Labor Standards Enforcement
Retaliation Complaint Investigation Unit
605 W. Santa Ana Blvd. Bldg. 28, Room 625
Santa Ana, CA 92701

Forms: are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Tagalog

What happens next
After you file the complaint, an investigator will contact your employer and any witnesses who have relevant information. The investigator will try to help the parties reach a settlement. If there is no settlement agreement, the Labor Commissioner will make a decision that may require the employer to pay for your lost wages, re-hire you (if you are unlawfully fired), and stop further retaliation.

For more information visit the Labor Commissioner's website.