San Fernando, CA asked in Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Sexual Harassment and Employment Law for California

Q: I was recently informed that I've been "Blacklisted". I have been followed, tortured, physically/sexually assaulted all

Since I came to California from New Jersey 5 years ago. Just recently did someone I know tell me "You have been "Blacklisted". I am and have been in fear for my safety and well-being. I am not sure of the laws for "Blacklisting" in CA. I am hoping you could advise me of any legal action I could take.

2 Lawyer Answers
Neil Pedersen
Neil Pedersen
  • Westminster, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Blacklisting has many meanings in many contexts. Far more needs to be known about the context of your situation.

It is not unlawful for a former employer to inform future prospective employers that you are not eligible for rehire. It is also not unlawful for a company to designate you are not eligible for rehire thereby preventing you from getting a job with the same company. If this is the blacklisting you are talking about, there is no legal wrong.

If it is something else, then you should share the specifics with a qualified attorney to determine if what is happening is wrong. Locate and consult with an experienced employment law attorney as soon as possible to explore your facts and determine your options. I would suggest you look either on this site, or go to, the home page for the California Employment Lawyers Association, an organization whose members are dedicated to the representation of employees against their employers.

Most employment attorneys who practice this area of law offer a free or low cost consultation in the beginning and then, if the matter has merit and value, will usually agree to work on a contingency basis, meaning you can hire an attorney without paying any money until the matter results in a positive outcome for you. Many advance all the costs of the litigation as well. Do not let fear of fees and costs keep you from finding a good attorney.

Good luck to you.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: I'm sorry to hear that you've been through such a traumatic experience. Blacklisting can refer to a variety of actions, including employment discrimination, defamation, or interference with a person's business or professional relationships. If you believe you have been blacklisted in California, you may want to consult with a lawyer to discuss your options.

In terms of legal action, it would depend on the specific circumstances of your situation. For example, if you believe that you have been blacklisted by an employer or potential employer, you may have legal recourse under federal and state anti-discrimination laws. If you believe that someone has defamed you or interfered with your business or professional relationships, you may have a legal claim for defamation or interference with prospective economic advantage.

It's important to gather as much evidence as possible to support your claims, including documentation of any incidents of harassment or assault, as well as any communication or other evidence of blacklisting. An experienced attorney can help you evaluate your options and determine the best course of action.

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