California Whistleblowers and Workplace Retaliation
Speak With Our Los Angeles Workplace Retaliation Lawyers
At Yadegar, Minoofar & Soleymani LLP, we have extensive experience litigating whistleblower and workplace retaliation claims, and we may be able to help you too. If you have been retaliated against at work, contact our Los Angeles workplace retaliation lawyers. During a free consultation, we can discuss your unique situation and help you understand your potential legal options.
What Is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is an employee who exposes unlawful conduct or illegal activity by his or her employer in the workplace. An employee may disclose information to certain parties, including:
- Government or law enforcement agencies
- Person(s) with authority over the employee
- Another employee who has authority to investigate, discover, or correct the violation or noncompliance
- Any public body conducting an investigation, hearing or an inquiry
An employee may “blow the whistle” on misconduct or illegal activities, including:
- Local, state and federal law violations
- Regulation violations
- Health and safety violations
- Sexual harassment in the workplace
It takes a lot of courage to report an employer’s unlawful conduct. If you are considering becoming a whistleblower, we encourage you to reach out to a Los Angeles whistleblower attorney from our firm about your situation. We can answer any legal questions you may have and help you understand how you can protect your rights.
Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for whistleblowers to face workplace retaliation. However, whistleblowers are legally protected from unlawful retaliation. Our Los Angeles workplace retaliation lawyers discuss these protections in the next section.
Are There Whistleblower Protections in California?
Yes, there are whistleblower protections in California. An employer may not retaliate against, or negatively impact an employee’s position with the company based on his or her whistleblowing activity.
California Labor Code Section 1102.5 makes it illegal for California employers to:
- Obstruct employees from disclosing information to certain parties,
- Retaliate against employees for reporting, disclosing or testifying information to certain parties
- Retaliate against an employee who refuses to take part in unlawful conduct
- Retaliate against an employee who is a family member of an individual who has engaged, or has been perceived to engage in protected activities
What Is Workplace Retaliation in California?
Workplace retaliation occurs when an employer penalizes an employee for engaging in a legally protected activity. To be considered retaliation, the employer must have done something detrimental to the employee to deter or punish that employee for participating in a legally protected activity.
What Are Examples of Workplace Retaliation in California?
Workplace retaliation may occur in many ways. Examples of workplace retaliation include, but are not limited to:
- Salary reduction
- Job reassignment
- Loss of hours
- Loss of benefits
- Refusing promotion or raise
- Poor performance review
- Creating a hostile work environment for the employee
The difficult part about workplace retaliation cases is proving the link between your complaint and the adverse action taken by your employer. We recommend that you consult with an experienced Los Angeles retaliation lawyer from our firm to discuss the validity of your claim.
Contact Our Los Angeles Workplace Retaliation Lawyers Today
If you suspect that you have been retaliated against at work for whistleblowing, consider speaking to a whistleblower attorney from our firm. We have tried cases in both state and federal court, securing a record of success for our clients. Call us at (310) 526-8152 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.