Employees often do not simply accept workplace harassment or discrimination, and frequent complain about this unlawful treatment, either to their workplace supervisors or to government agencies tasked with investigating such claims. California and federal law protect employees who make such good faith complaints, and employers cannot retaliate against those employees by termination, demotion, reassignment, or other negative employment action. An employee need not be the intended or actual target of discriminating or harassing conduct to be a victim. On the contrary, the law protects fellow employees who stand up for the rights of others. Employees who are retaliated against for complaining of or cooperating with an investigation into improper employer conduct or policies are permitted to recover damages as well.