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Whistle blowing is a technical term relating to the act of an employee who informs authorities of his or her employer's illegal acts. In California, employees are protected by law from retaliation against their employers through whistle blowing laws.
If you have been discriminated against or even wrongfully terminated or fired for exercising your legal right to report to proper authorities the illegal conducts perpetrated by your employer or even aid in the investigation being conducted by the appropriate government agencies relating to your employer’s employment and labor law violations, then your employer has committed acts in violation of whistleblowing laws.
However, that not all acts by employees in filing complaints or testifying against their employers are protected by whistle blowing statutes. Your act will only be protected if it is just or reasonable or legal. Some employees have been known to abuse the whistle blowing laws to harass their employers. In other instances, employees try to blackmail their employers or harass them by filing frivolous or baseless claims. If this is the case, you will not be protected by law and you can be liable for damages as well against your employer or even be subjected to suspension or termination from work, depending on the gravity or seriousness of your offense. To be considered as a whistle blower, the complaint must be reported to persons outside the organization, specifically to a government, regulatory or law enforcement agency. If, however, you filed a complaint with the wrong government agency but with the intent of filing a valid claim, your employer cannot retaliate against you, otherwise he will still be guilty of violating the whistle blowing law.
If you think that you are being retaliated against by your employer due to your whistleblowing acts, then you need to seek legal assistance from MELG Law Firm’s expert Whistleblowing Violations Attorneys in California who have at least two decades of experience in dealing with whistle blowing violators in Los Angeles and throughout California.
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How to File Whistleblowing Law Violations Claims?
To be qualified as a whistle blower, whose rights are protected by law, your act should generally involve informing the proper authorities or government agencies of your employer's illegal acts. This includes being involved as a witness in an ongoing case against your employer.
Under the Act, if you complained about your employer against the proper government authorities you have the right to be protected against your employer in case he gets mad and gets back at you for reporting him to the authorities. Afterwards, if you are harassed or discriminated against by your employer after this act, then you are a victim of whistleblowing law violation.
When are Your Acts Protected Under Law
To be protected by the Act, your act should be considered as legitimate and just and not just meant to harass your employer. These acts include:
- a. Reporting your employer’s illegal acts with the proper authorities; or
- b. Participating in an ongoing investigation against your employer;
If your acts are legitimate, although they did not prosper, your employer cannot sanction you for your rightful act of pursuing your rights. If, after filing a legitimate case against your employer, the latter later on demotes you, then you have a claim for damages under the Act.
Acts Not Covered by Whistleblowing Law
Not all complaints or claims done against an employer would be covered by whistleblowing laws. As mentioned earlier, only valid or logical complaints filed against erring employers are protected by law against retaliation by employers.
If you file a frivolous claim, meaning a baseless or groundless claim, in order to black mail or get back at your employer, then your employer has every right to reprimand you in the work place.
Evidence to Support Violation
To support your claim, you need to at least show evidence to prove the following:
- • That you filed a legitimate claim against your employer or
- • You are a witness to an investigation conducted by a government agency against your employer
- • That your salary and position in the workplace is such;
- • That after the fact, you are demoted or harassed by showing employment documents or memos;
- • Witness declarations of your co-workers regarding your employer’s treatment of you before and after the whistleblowing act.