Whistleblower Attorneys in Burbank
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In California, there are many laws that protect employees who engage in protected “whistleblowing” activities from retaliation by their employers. An important retaliation law in California is Labor Code Section 1102.5, which is knowns as California’s Whistleblower Statute.
Labor Code Section 1102.5 forbids employers from retaliating against their employees based on the employee disclosing or reporting information which discloses a federal or state statute violation, or a noncompliance with or a violation of a federal, state, or local regulation or rule, regardless of whether disclosing the information is part of the employee’s job duties. So, if an employee complains about what the employee reasonably believes is illegal, to the police for example, or other government agencies, or even someone with authority over the employee, then it is illegal for an employer to retaliate against the employee for that reason. The law provides many other protections which cannot all be included here.
Each situation is unique and you should contact an attorney to discuss your specific situation. The Akopyan Law Firm provides complimentary case evaluations. Call us at (818) 509-9975 to speak with a whistleblower lawyer in Burbank.
My brother and I work at the same company. He filed a wage claim with the Labor Commissioner and we are both being retaliated against by my employer; do I have any rights?
Your employer cannot retaliate against you or your brother for his protected activities. The retaliation protection extends to an employee who is a family member or the person who engaged in or is perceived to have engaged in a protected activity—which in this case, is your brother’s wage complaint to the Labor Commissioner.
My employer demoted me or reduced my hours and pay because I reported his violation of the American with Disabilities Act. Do I have any rights?
Yes, your employer cannot retaliate against you by taking what is called an “adverse employment action” against you because you engaged in protected activity, such as filing a reporting ADA non-compliance. A demotion, pay-cut, reduction in hours are all “materially adverse employment actions,” which are prohibited.
Call us at (818) 509-9975 to speak with a knowledgeable whistleblower lawyer in Burbank and learn about your available legal options.