What can California employees do when their employer is breaking the law? What if someone at work asks either you or coworkers to break the law? Many employees want to do the right thing by reporting actual or threatened unlawful activity – either to management or the government – but they are afraid of being retaliated against if they do. Fortunately, California law protects workers from retaliation either for refusing to break the law or for reporting actual or threatened violations of laws.
If you believe that your employer is taking retaliatory action against you, please contact Los Angeles Employer Retaliation Attorney Jeffrey Cowan at (310) 394-
1. Disclosing information about what you reasonably believe to be a violation of the law to a government or law enforcement agency, a person with authority over you, or any other employee who has the authority to investigate, discover, or correct the violation;
2. Refusing to participate in an activity that would violate a law or regulation; and
3. Participating in an investigation about your employer violating the law.
The retaliation that Labor Code Section 1102.5 prohibits includes many forms, including:
Cutting or terminating employee benefits;
Firing (either outright firing or forcing an employee to quit); or
Threatening any one of the above
Some examples of people whom the law protects are:
A bank teller who refuses her manager’s pressure to fraudulently open a line of credit in a customer’s name to meet an internal sales quota;
A worker who reports violations of the National Electric Code at a construction site to his manager;
A truck driver who reports violations of federal safety rules in how trucks are being maintained; or
Workplace safety violations.
Failure to bring your whistleblower action within the statutorily required (three year) time frame will result in the loss of your right to sue for the harm that you have suffered.
If you think you may have been retaliated against for reporting or refusing to participate in illegal conduct, contact Los Angeles and Beverly Hills employment lawyer Jeffrey W. Cowan and The Cowan Law Firm at (310) 394-
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