The answer to your question really depends on what it is you complained about and whether you can prove you were included in the layoff for that reason, or for other non-retaliatory reasons. Suspicions are not enough.
If your complaint is protected by one of several statutes then you might have a claim, but your bigger problem will be proving that you were treated differently was because of those protected complaints.
Good luck to you.
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While you may have a wrongful termination in violation of public policy claim, if you can document the complaints and they are specific, the employer would have a strong defense if they truly relocated and terminated other employees.
This would be a difficult claim to prevail on,. given these facts
Please check the law of your state
I agree with Mr. Pedersen that if any remedy exists, it is most likely in the whistleblower area. Whistleblowers are employees who refuse to violate the law, or who report wrongdoing that harms the public or has the potential to harm the public. The wrongdoer can be a private employer, a private entity, a federal, state or local government, or another employee. Usually, but not always, the wrongdoing benefits the person or entity that engages in the wrongdoing. Harm to the public may be caused by inflated prices, dangerous products, environmental harm, and more.
Whistleblowers are protected by law. The purpose of whistleblower protection laws is to allow employees to report, stop or testify about this kind of wrongdoing, as a benefit to the public. Note that complaints about wrongdoing that only harm the employer itself are not protected by whistleblowing laws. Many whistleblower laws have a very short time period in which to file a claim. Please see my Avvo guide to whistleblowers for more information about whistleblowing: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/whistleblowers-and-their-rights?published=true.
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I hope you can resolve your situation and wish you the best.
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