All employees in California have a right to complain about and report potential wrongdoing by their employers. Despite federal and state laws that protect employees, contractors, and agents against whistleblower retaliation, it takes an experienced employment lawyer to protect your rights. That’s where The Rankin Law Firm comes in.
Our practice is dedicated to helping workers stand up for their employment rights, and we are highly experienced in handling whistleblower retaliation claims. We believe that businesses have ethical and social responsibilities to their employees, as well as the communities they serve. Owners, executives, and others who engage in unlawful conduct must be held accountable, but it takes courage to come forward.
If your reputation and livelihood have been harmed because you blew the whistle on your employer, we will provide you with powerful representation and seek all legal remedies available to you. Above all, we will leverage our skills and experience to right this wrong. Contact our office today so we can start working on your whistleblower retaliation claim.
What is whistleblower retaliation in California?
Whistleblower retaliation occurs when an employee is fired, disciplined, demoted, harassed or subjected to a hostile work environment for engaging in protected legal activity, such as:
- Reporting — Making a complaint about an alleged legal violation either to an employer or a government agency
- Filing — Pursuing a claim, lawsuit, or other legal proceedings (e.g. arbitration, EEOC conciliation) against an employer
- Testifying — Providing written or oral statements in connection with a legal proceeding involving an employer
- Opposing – Refusing to perform a task or engage in an activity that a person reasonably believes is unlawful
If you have been retaliated against for engaging in protected whistleblower activity, turn to The Rankin Law Firm. Knowing that blowing the whistle involves professional risk and personal sacrifice, we will fight tirelessly to protect your rights.
How Federal and State Laws Protect California Whistleblowers
Several federal and state laws are designed to encourage employees to report violations of the law by their employers, to provide financial rewards for whistleblowers, and to protect them from retaliation, including:
- False Claims Act — allows whistleblowers to participate in “qui tam” claims in connection with illegal activities by employers that defraud the federal government
- Dodd Frank Act — protects individuals who provide original information of violations of federal securities and commodities laws to the federal regulators and awards whistleblowers up to 30 percent of any settlement or enforcement action
- Sarbanes Oxley Act — protects employees who report fraud or violations of SEC or other federal rules at publicly traded companies
- Whistleblower Protection Act — protects federal employees who report misconduct at government agencies
- Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) — prohibits employers from retaliating against workers who complain about wages
- Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII) — prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who complain about employment discrimination or workplace harassment
- California Fair Employment and Housing Act (CFEHA) — protects employees who file state-level claims about discrimination and harassment
These laws protect whistleblowers against adverse employment actions, discrimination, harassment and forms of retaliation. Our experienced California whistleblower attorney will work to protect your rights and help you recover just compensation if your rights have been violated.
Do I have a valid whistleblower retaliation claim?
Although whistleblowers have powerful legal protections, it takes a skilled employment lawyer to demonstrate the necessary elements of a whistleblower claim:
- You were subjected to retaliation after engaging in protected whistleblower conduct
- Your employer was aware that you were engaging in protected legal activity
- You were retaliated against because of the protected conduct
Well-versed in the applicable whistleblower protection laws, we are all too familiar with the overt and disguised ways employers retaliate against whistleblowers, such as:
- Terminating a reporting employee
- Refusing to promote/demoting an employee
- Creating a hostile work environment
- Giving poor work evaluations
- Refusing to act on a valid complaint
If you have been the victim of whistleblower retaliation, you need the powerful representation we provide.
How The Rankin Law Firm Protects California Whistleblowers
When you consult with us, we will take the time to understand your circumstances and determine whether you have a valid whistleblower claim. By conducting a thorough investigation, which includes obtaining and reviewing employment records, identifying and interviewing witnesses, and uncovering evidence (emails, internal memos, text messages, chat room discussions), we will work to build a successful claim and win you just compensation. Although no two whistleblower claims are the same, you may be entitled to damages such as reinstatement, back pay, benefits, emotional distress, attorneys’ fees and costs. You may also be awarded liquidated damages which are designed to punish your employer for retaliating against you.
Contact Our Experienced Whistleblower Retaliation Attorneys
You did the right thing by blowing the whistle against your employer’s illegal conduct. Let The Rankin Law Firm do right by you and fight for your employment rights. The sooner you contact our office, the sooner we can start working on your whistleblower retaliation claim.