In California, whistleblowers are entitled to workplace protections under the California Whistleblower Protection Act (CWPA). This act allows some California agencies to look into and take action when a whistleblower reports a company’s wrongdoings or actions that break the law. Another important thing to keep in mind is that the CWPA protects employers or companies from retaliating against employees who whistleblow.
When someone whistle blows on an employer, the employer can experience some serious consequences if a California agency determines that they have violated the CWPA or the California Labor Code by retaliating against the whistleblower. In fact, an employer might be required to pay damages to the employee who suffered as a result of retaliation, which include lost wages, lost benefits, legal fees, etc. Some examples of whistleblowing in California can include (but are not limited to):
As mentioned above, during the COVID-19 pandemic individuals should be extremely cognisant of any businesses that pose a threat to public health by not following CDC guidelines. If you have whistleblowed on a company and fear retaliation or are unsure what your next steps should be, it’s important to speak with an experienced employment attorney from the Bibiyan Law Group who can ensure your protection.
Even though there are many laws that protect whistleblowers, sometimes employers still retaliate against their employees for doing the right thing and reporting dangerous or illegal business practices. Whistleblower retaliation is defined as an employer punishing an employee for engaging in a protected activity (i.e. whistleblowing). It’s important to note that retaliation from an employer is not always obvious, so you should make sure to keep an eye out for any odd behavior from your employer. Some examples of retaliation you might experience as a result of whistleblowing include:
At Bibiyan Law Group, we know how scary it can be to do the right thing, especially if you are afraid of losing your job as a result. If you are aware of information regarding your employer participating in illegal fraud, dangerous safety practices, etc. we are committed to protecting your rights as a whistleblower. The decision to whistleblow and report dangers to public health will have far reaching benefits you might not see. Especially during the pandemic, whistleblowing on a company to protect employees and consumers from being exposed to COVID-19 means you can be responsible for saving many, many lives. Don’t wait to do the right thing. We will be here to support you throughout the challenging process of whistleblowing and stand by your side to make sure that your rights are protected. If you have important information regarding a company’s behavior that puts public health and safety at risk, please do not hesitate to contact us at (310) 438-5555 for a free consultation.