An Attorney Protects Whistleblowers in San Jose, San Mateo and Northern California

California protects whistleblowers from retaliation

Employers often subject employees to dangerous working conditions, violate wage and hour laws, or require you to perform illegal activities. Many employees may feel they have no choice but to follow orders or risk retaliation and possibly termination for insubordination. However, California protects whistleblowers through the California Whistleblower Protection Act (WPA). If you have been mistreated at work or fired for refusing to comply with unlawful behavior, your employer may have violated California law.

The Law Office of George Duesdieker works on behalf of employees who have received improper treatment by their employers. If you have received adverse treatment because you disclosed dangerous information to investigators or the public, we can help you receive the compensation you deserve.

Any employee can be a whistleblower

California Labor Code 98.6 defines who is eligible for whistleblower protection. Under the law, a whistleblower is any employee who informs a government agency or law enforcement personnel of:

  • A violation of state or federal law by the business
  • A violation or noncompliance with a state or federal regulation, or
  • Conditions that threaten the health or safety of the employees or the public

You only need to have a reasonable belief that such violations have occurred. Under the statute, a business or government agency cannot fire, demote or otherwise mistreat an employee who approaches investigators about illegal activity. An employer also cannot ban employees from releasing such information.

Government employees are protected under state law

The California WPA is an employment law that gives state investigators the power to review complaints from government employees about misconduct. The law protects employees from retaliation or discrimination of any kind if they disclose improper government activities such as:

  • Corruption
  • Bribery
  • Fraudulent claims
  • Fraud
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Failure to perform required duties
  • Malfeasance
  • Theft of government property
  • Coercion
  • Conversion
  • Misuse of property

If you are a government employee and have faced harassment, wrongful termination or had your career prospects impeded for reporting misconduct, we can help.

You may qualify for compensation

If you have faced harassment, termination or diminished career prospects after trying to alert authorities and the public to illegal behavior, you may be eligible to receive damages as a result of your ordeal. Employees who endure such treatment can be reinstated to their previous positions, or receive work benefits, lost wages and other forms of compensation. The statute of limitations can vary, so it is important to speak with a whistleblower attorney immediately to preserve your legal rights.

Contact us for more information about California’s whistleblower law

Do not let the actions of your employer damage your career after you’ve done the right thing. The Law Office of George Duesdieker shields whistleblowers from abuse or retaliation and works to get compensation for those hurt by their employer’s actions. If you want to learn more, contact us at 650.684.5444 or online for a free initial consultation. Our contingent fee plans mean you are not billed until you receive compensation.