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Nevada Law Library

Retaliatory Discharge (Employment Discrimination And Wrongful Termination)

In Nevada, the elements for a claim of retaliatory discharge (sometimes called employment discrimination, wrongful discharge, or tortious discharge) are:

1.         Employee engaged in protected activity while employed (such as filing a discrimination charge or opposing unlawful employer practices);

2.         Employee suffered an adverse employment action by the employer;

3.         The protected activity was a motivating factor in the adverse employment action;

4.         Causation and damages; and

5.         Punitive damages.

Burlington N. v. White, 126 S. Ct. 2405 (2006); Steiner v. Showboat Operating Co., 25 F.3d 1459, 1464 (9th Cir. 1994); Allum v. Valley Bank of Nevada, 114 Nev. 1313, 970 P.2d 1062, 1066 (1998); D’Angelo v. Gardner, 107 Nev.704, 819 P.2d 206, 212 (1991); Hansen v. Harrah's, 100 Nev. 60, 675 P.2d 394 (1984); 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-3(a).