Whistleblower protection laws are designed to shield employees from adverse actions taken by employers when a worker reveals employer wrongdoing to the public or to a person in a position of authority.
The decision to reveal wrongdoing should not be taken lightly and skilled legal guidance is highly recommended.
At Limonjyan Law Group, our attorneys are dedicated to protecting the rights of workers throughout the greater Los Angeles area. If you are considering exposing illegal actions taken by your employer, or if you believe you have been the victim of retaliatory action for exposing wrongdoing, speak with us.
What are the types of whistleblowing?
Whistleblowers are employees that work in the federal government or in private/public corporations. They are an individual that is a current/past employee of an organization, that reports that employer’s past/present/future misconduct .
Whistleblowers can be internal, which means that they report the malpractice of a coworker. They can also be external, meaning they report a person outside the organization they work for.
What protections are afforded to whistleblowers?
Federal law and California state law protects whistleblowers from workplace harassment, demotions, and wrongful termination. These protections extend to anyone who investigates, testifies, or otherwise assists with a lawsuit brought forth by a whistleblower.
When should you blow the whistle?
There are a number of considerations that should be kept in mind if you are thinking about exposing a company’s illegal or unethical practices, including:
- If the action is expected to take place in the future, is it certain to happen and how much harm might it cause?
- If the suspected wrongdoing has already happened, are you certain that the action was indeed illegal or unethical?
- Is revealing wrongdoing in the best interest of the public?
- Have you followed your employer’s chain of command when addressing your concerns?
Whistleblowing may not always be the correct course of action. Our lawyers can help guide you through this process and help you explore your options.
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If you suspect that your employer is engaged in illegal activity or if you believe you had an adverse action taken against you for reporting suspected wrongdoing, schedule a free consultation with our employment attorney.