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What California Employees Should Know About Whistleblower Retaliation

If you've reported illegal conduct in the workplace and have been retaliated against by your employer for doing so, you could be a good candidate for filing a whistleblower complaint in the state of California. Just as there are state and federal workplace retaliation laws in place to protect you from your employer illegally retaliating against you for other reasons, what you might not know is that special whistleblower retaliation laws can also protect you from specific negative employment actions unfairly enforced in the workplace.

Here, we break down what employees need to know about whistleblower retaliation, and how our expert employment lawyers at Hennig Ruiz can help protect your employee rights today.

If you've reported illegal conduct in the workplace and have been retaliated against by your employer for doing so, you could be a good candidate for filing a whistleblower complaint in the state of California. Just as there are state and federal workplace retaliation laws in place to protect you from your employer illegally retaliating against you for other reasons, what you might not know is that special whistleblower retaliation laws can also protect you from specific negative employment actions unfairly enforced in the workplace.

Here, we break down what employees need to know about whistleblower retaliation, and how our expert employment lawyers at Hennig Ruiz can help protect your employee rights today.

What is Whistleblower Retaliation?

If you ever get confused about the differences between retaliation and whistleblower retaliation in the workplace, you're not alone! Though both of these types of illegal retaliatory behaviors can occur at work, whistleblower retaliation is a special subset of retaliation claims in which your employer subjects you to negative behaviors if you decide to report illegal activity committed in the workplace. And just like other types of workplace retaliation, the negative treatment can be similar: wrongful termination, negative performance reviews, denial of promotions, denial of training, increase in workload and more.

There are unique federal and California state whistleblower retaliation laws that protect not only employees, but agents and contractors as well. You can learn more about those important laws here.

How to Know You've Been Subjected to Whistleblower Retaliation

Whistleblower retaliation laws in the state of California protect employees from very specific unlawful, negative treatment by their employers in the workplace. Though your rights are protected by law, and your employer may know it, you can still be subject to whistleblower retaliation all the same. But what whistleblower actions are protected, exactly?

To put it simply, if your employer punishes you after you decide to engage in any of the following protected activities, you should contact one of our California whistleblower retaliation attorneys right away to discuss your options for filing a whistleblower retaliation claim:

● reporting illegal workplace conduct
● refusing to engage in illegal conduct at work
● reporting workplace fraud
● reporting legal violations at work
● reporting deceptive business practices
● reporting falsification of financial documents
● reporting violations of health and safety codes at work

Filing a Whistleblower Retaliation Complaint in California

After you and your Hennig Ruiz employment attorney have deemed that you have been retaliated against by your employer for engaging in protected activities, we will then determine whether to proceed with filing a whistleblower retaliation complaint. It's crucial to note that you should never act as your own lawyer and always consult your expert whistleblower retaliation attorney to consider all your options before filing a complaint. If we determine a complaint is necessary, then a complaint will then be filed on your behalf Depending on the type of complaint; whether you're reporting safety violations at work, fraudulent activities or other illegal employer behaviors, there are specific timelines in place for when you can and can't file. Our California employment law attorneys will know exactly what to do and when to do it, giving you peace of mind.

If you feel your employer is retaliating against you for whistleblower activities in the workplace, Hennig Ruiz is here to help fight for your rights and the financial compensation you deserve. Contact our expert California whistleblower retaliation attorneys and let us help you build your whistleblower retaliation case right away.

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