Employees who speak up about wrongdoing sometimes suffer backlash. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. Don’t be a hero. Don’t be a snitch.
The whistleblower is not the bad guy. If you were fired or harassed for reporting illegal activity in the workplace, you may have a strong case for retaliation. The attorneys of California Employment Counsel, APC, can assert your rights and remedies under state and federal whistleblower laws.
Under the California whistleblower law, as well as corresponding federal statutes, you are legally protected when:
- Reporting an employer’s fraud or criminal activity
- Refusing to participate in illegal acts
- Reporting discriminatory employment practices
- Reporting safety violations or environmental abuses
Some whistleblowers are terminated on the spot. Others are forced to quit because they encounter a hostile work environment. Whistleblower retaliation takes many forms: threats or intimidation by a supervisor; harassment or isolation by co-workers; or negative performance reviews, demotion or transfer by management.
Our employment lawyers will intervene to protect you from reprisal and pursue monetary compensation for the harm you have suffered. This may include back pay, front pay, damage to your reputation and career, and damages for emotional distress.
Under the federal False Claims Act, whistleblowers may also be entitled to a percentage of any money recovered by the government in a civil fraud prosecution. Our attorneys can explore a lawsuit if your employer defrauded the government.
Coming forward is scary, even if you know it is the right thing to do. The law is on your side, and so is the legal team at California Employment Counsel, APC.
Contact us online or call our Orange County office at (714) 462-8376 for a free consultation. We represent plaintiffs on a contingency fee basis; no attorney fees unless we recover compensation.
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