Experienced Whistleblower Protection for Orange County Clients
Some employees are fired or threatened with termination when they report health and safety violations or other illegal acts to relevant authorities. Under whistleblower legislation, these actions are illegal in the state of California. Whistleblowers may also claim compensation for lost wages and psychological or emotional distress.
Protecting Your Right to Speak Out
Any employee reporting illegal activity in the workplace is protected under the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) and other federal laws. This is designed to encourage employees to identify illegal activity without fear of reprisal. If you’ve witnessed illegal activity at your workplace, it’s important that you report that activity as soon as possible.
Activities that may require your speaking out include:
- False claims and records
- Accounting fraud
- Contract fraud
- OSHA violations
- Salary issues
- Fraud against the federal government or federal contractors (“Qui Tam”)*
*“Qui Tam” lawsuits can fall under the Federal Claims Act and may involve the sharing of any recovery and other compensation.
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If you have observed illegal activity in the workplace, it’s critical that you speak with an experienced employment and labor law attorney to understand how reporting such activity can affect your future. We can help protect you from harassment and retaliation and, if necessary, assist in the negotiation of exit packages.