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Employees who report illegal or unethical practices in the workplace should be rewarded and praised. Instead, many employers subject workplace whistleblowers to retaliation in the form of harassment, demotions, reduction in pay or hours, unwanted transfers, undesirable work assignments, and other adverse changes to the terms and conditions of their employment as punishment for their reporting. Employers would like to think they have the upper hand in such a situation, but they don’t. California’s strict anti-retaliation laws protect employees who make reports of illegal or unethical activities at work.

If you suffered negative consequences as a result of whistleblowing in the workplace, we encourage you to contact a skilled San Francisco whistleblower retaliation attorney.

What is a Whistleblower?

Under California law, a whistleblower is defined as an employee who provides information about the conduct of their employer that involves violations of state or federal laws, or unethical business practices. Whistleblowers report illegal conduct such as:

Whistleblower Protections

The law protects employees in this state who exercise their rights to report unlawful conduct by their employers. Employers or other parties who act against an employee whistleblower can face severe legal consequences. The following actions can be considered retaliatory measures:

  • Harassment
  • Intimidation
  • Threats
  • Negative evaluations
  • Discrimination
  • Demotions 
  • Denial of a promotion
  • Change or denial of benefits
  • Change of job, location, or shift assignments 
  • Other forms of discipline
  • Layoff or termination

Whistleblowers who are subject to these retaliatory actions should talk to a San Francisco whistleblower retaliation attorney as soon as possible to find out what their rights are and act to protect them. You could also receive monetary compensation for the harm you have suffered.

Employees who are involved in an investigation or provide statements concerning the whistleblower’s report are also protected from retaliation.

Whistleblower Retaliation Damages

If your whistleblower retaliation claim against your employer is successful, you may be entitled to damages including:

  • Lost wages and benefits, including loss of career opportunities due to retaliation
  • Compensation for the emotional distress caused by the retaliation, including mental suffering or any physical harm caused
  • Punitive damages (in some cases) to punish your employer for their egregious misbehavior
  • Attorney’s fees and other legal expenses

A seasoned San Francisco whistleblower retaliation attorney can help you determine what damages you are entitled to receive and how much may be due to you.

An Experienced San Francisco Employment Attorney Can Help

Whether you are a line worker who has witnessed illegal toxic dumping or a senior executive who discovered and disclosed fraudulent financial reporting, you have the right to report your employer’s misconduct without fear of retribution.

If you have been the target of whistleblower retaliation or if you have questions about your protections under California’s employment laws, don’t hesitate to contact a well-versed San Francisco whistleblower retaliation lawyer to discuss your rights.

At the Law Office of Jeannette A. Vaccaro, our vast experience across the range of employment law helps us identify valid whistleblower retaliation cases and work tirelessly for justice on the employee’s behalf. Contact us today to receive a confidential, no-obligation case review and learn more about how we can help you.

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Think You May Have A Case?

Jeannette is passionate about employee rights. She fights to shed light on injustices and to help her clients move beyond troubling times. Contact Jeannette today for a free case evaluation.

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