What is Whistleblowing?
Reporting an incident that is illegal—or that you believe is illegal in your workplace is encouraged because it facilitates and honest environment that you and your coworkers can feel safe and secure in. Laws have been put in place to protect you from any retaliation that you might receive from superiors. As a “whistleblower,” if you take it upon yourself to protect the greater interest of the public by exposing wrongdoing by your employer, you should not lose your job or experience any negative actions as a consequence.
Some examples of reportable illegal actions:
- Violations of the law or regulations
- Waste of public funds
- Discrimination or harassment
- Falsification of documentation
- Violation of obligations to partners or shareholders
Much like any other employment case, you must be able to prove that you were engaged in one of the above protected activities, and that you experienced a negative employment action, in order to be considered a whistleblower.
Even if you are not labeled a whistleblower if you only reported the wrongdoing to someone within your company, you may still be protected from retaliation by other laws but you should always report the wrongdoing to the proper authorities.
Retaliation does not always mean it will result in termination, but if you reported your employer for their illegal activity and experienced a:
- Decrease in pay or benefits
- Transfer to a less desirable work location or shift
- Any other adverse employment action you may have experienced retaliation from your employer.
If you believe you are a victim of retaliation as a result of whistleblowing, you should contact our employment attorneys in Long Beach for a free consultation. If there is substantial evidence that your employer knew you took action, and as a result you suffered adverse employment action, you may be entitled to compensation.