If you notice that there are illegal or unjust activities happening in your workplace, you may have reservations about reporting them because you are worried about how it might affect your career.
It is likely that you aware of the whistleblower protections in place in the state of California, but you may be uncertain about the nature of these protections. It is very important that you conduct adequate research regarding whistleblower protections, especially if you believe that you have been subject to retaliation as a result.
What type of activity gives me the legal protected status of a whistleblower?
The reason why whistleblowers are protected is because the United States wants to encourage the reporting of policy violation and illegal activity. Therefore, if you are clearly reporting such activity, it will not be difficult to establish yourself under the definition of a whistleblower. Other complaints may be more difficult to prove as whistleblower activity.
How am I legally protected as a whistleblower?
In general, you are protected from any adverse treatment from your employer as a result of your whistleblower activity. However, you must be able to show that this adverse action was taken because you were a whistleblower and not because of any other reason. For example, if you were fired shortly after reporting the company for their activities, you should be able to show that this firing was not made because of your misconduct or incompetence.
If you have been the victim of adverse action as a whistleblower in California, it is important that you stand up for your legal rights.