Employers sometimes do the wrong things. There are times when an employee witnesses improper and illegal conduct and is afraid to tell others about it. This fear of reporting the conduct comes from apprehension that the employer will retaliate against them or even fire them. California, however, is a state which does not require an employee to choose between their employment and doing the right thing. Our state offers strong whistle blower protections and an employee who is retaliated against may be eligible for compensation. Our Santa Ana whistle blower protection attorneys protect those who find themselves in such a situation. Contact our office today to speak with a lawyer. We service Anaheim, Irvine, and the rest of Orange County.
Whistle blower lawyers protecting employees from retaliation in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Irvine, and elsewhere
California law protects employees who report what they believe to be violations of federal, state, or local laws and regulations. Chapter five of California’s Labor Code, §1102.5, states that an employer may not retaliate against an employee for reporting such violations. Examples of conduct which employees often wish to report may include:
- Workplace discrimination
- Tax evasion, criminal activity, or OSHA violations
- Environmental violations
Employers who take action against the employee for reporting such conduct may be liable for damages. Such employer retaliation may include creating a hostile work environment or a wrongful termination. Such conduct would allow the whistle blower to recover damages.
A whistle blower protection case would begin by filing a Complaint with the Court. This is a formal document which begins a lawsuit and explains the reason why the defendant (in this case the employer) is being sued. After the Complaint has been filed the employee will need to gather proof that their reporting of illegal conduct was the reason for the employer’s retaliation. Such proof may include statements from witnesses, internal documents showing why the employer took action, and other records. This evidence will then be presented at a jury trial. The jurors will then issue a decision regarding liability and damages. Depending on the nature of the employer’s conduct, the employee may be able to receive punitive damages. This can be a complicated process and it is strongly suggested that you gain the help of an attorney.
Our Orange County lawyers assist whistle blowers who have been harassed or wrongfully terminated by their boss. We will use your initial consultation to determine whether you have a case. Our attorneys will then send a demand letter to the employer requesting financial compensation. If the employer does not settle the matter then we will file a lawsuit on your behalf. We will depose the relevant witnesses and use the discovery process to obtain necessary records. Our firm will aggressively represent you at trial and ensure that you know what to expect as the process moves forward. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
We service Aliso Viejo, Anaheim, Buena Park, Costa Mesa, Dana Point, Fountain Valley, Fullerton, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Irvine, La Habra, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Hills, Laguna Niguel, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Newport Beach, Orange, Placentia, Rancho Santa Margarita, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano, Santa Ana, Tustin, Westminster, and Yorba Linda.
Santa Ana attorneys showing respect to those who blew the whistle and reported wrongdoing
It takes an act of courage to report your employer’s wrongdoing. Our attorneys will show the utmost respect for those who help society in this way. In addition to providing quality representation, we will also strive to provide quality service. Our firm promptly returns phone calls, quickly responds to emails, and we make ourselves available to answer any questions you may have. We focus on this area of law so that you may focus on getting your life back on track.