Inside the Whistleblower Protection Act

All too often, people find themselves fired for exercising their legal rights. As the number one whistleblower lawyer in the Los Angeles area, our team at Hershey Law is here to set the record straight.

 

What is a whistleblower?

“A whistleblower is someone who reports waste, fraud, abuse, corruption, or dangers to public health and safety to someone who is in the position to rectify the wrongdoing. A whistleblower typically works inside of the organization where the wrongdoing is taking place; however, being an agency or company ‘insider’ is not essential to serving as a whistleblower. What matters is that the individual discloses information about wrongdoing that otherwise would not be known.” – National Whistleblower Center

 

Understanding the WhistleBlower Protection Act.

Because everyone should have confidence in reporting wrongdoing, protection laws in the state of California have been established. These laws prohibit employers from retaliating against employees who exercise their legal rights. That said, retaliation can take many forms. Thus, understanding even the basics becomes imperative when choosing to report wrongdoing. Below are a few common examples that employees have been subject to:

 

  • Denial for training or professional development opportunities
  • Demotion or denial for merited promotions
  • Denied vacation or personal time off requests

 

Under the protection act and Labor Code 1102.5 LC, employees have the right to sue their employer (current or former) for losses and damages due to retaliation. These may include wages, benefits, mental suffering, loss of potential career opportunities, and so on.

It’s important to note that California Labor Code 1102.5 protects individuals even if the case does not result in a violation by the employer. As long as there is reasonable belief of unlawful actions or wrongdoing, you, as a whistleblower, are protected.

 

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Knowing when to call a whistleblower lawyer.

Speaking out against your employer takes a lot of courage, and as a whistleblower, you have rights. With over 90% of American whistleblowers receiving some form of retaliation from their employer or organization, understanding your rights is crucial – and Hershey Law is here to help.

 

As the number one whistleblower lawyer in the Los Angeles area, our team at Hershey Law is here to provide peace of mind and fight for your rights. If you believe you are a victim of retaliation due to whistleblowing, please contact our office today to schedule your consultation (310) 929-2190.