WHISTLE BLOWING REQUIREMENTS UNDER CALIFORNIA LAW
Employees who complain to a government or law enforcement agency about their employers’ violation of laws, including anti-discrimination laws, are “whistleblowers.” Because the law aims to promote the reporting of workplace violations, whistleblowers are protected against retaliation by their employers. Retaliation for whistleblowing can come in many forms, including reprimand, demotion, loss of benefits, change of schedule to an undesirable shift, assigning undesirable duties, demotion or termination. As long as the employee complains to a government or law enforcement agency and actually believes that the employer is breaking a law and that belief is reasonable, she is protected by whistleblower laws. An employee reporting employer violations of law internally – within the company – may not be protected by whistleblower laws. However, she may be protected by other laws. For example, it is illegal to fire someone for complaining of sexual harassment or discrimination. If you have exposed illegal activity on the part of your employer, and feel you have been retaliated against for doing so, call us immediately for a Free Consultation and find out your options.
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