In California it is illegal to fire, demote, refuse to promote, harass, discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is in a protected class, or whose conduct is within a protected category, which includes persons who “blow the whistle” on improper or illegal activities. In short, a “whistleblower” is a person who opposes, makes public, or threatens to make public, illegal actions by an employer or supervisor.
For example, it is illegal for an employer to take adverse action materially affecting the terms or conditions of employment against an employee who reports racial discrimination. It is likewise illegal to take such adverse action against an employee who testifies in a proceeding against the employer for sexual harassment, or who informs the government that a company has been falsifying documents in order to receive payment from the government.
Many more examples of whistleblowing activities exist. Where an employer engages in adverse treatment of a whistleblower, it may be the basis for a lawsuit under numerous state and federal laws.
If you feel that you have been fired, demoted harassed, discriminated or retaliated against because you have blown the whistle on your employer’s improper or illegal conduct, contact The Rizzo Law Firm for help. Call today for a free initial consultation and an honest and accurate case assessment.
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