If your employer has unlawfully retaliated against you by treating you unfairly or wrongfully terminating you after you have blown the whistle on your employer, you have rights. Setyan Law is here to answer your questions and guide you through a whistleblower claim.
What Is a Whistleblower?
A whistleblower is an employee who reports illegal activity by a person, organization, or employer. It often involves reporting waste, fraud, abuse, corruption, or other dangers that go against public policy and statutes.
If the report made against an employer involves fraud or waste of government resources, then that claim is made on behalf of the government. This is called a qui tam lawsuit.
Whistleblower Protection Laws in Los Angeles, CA
An employee who reports a supervisor, coworker, or employer that is violating local, state, or federal laws is protected by whistleblower laws. Whistleblowers may not be terminated, demoted, ostracized, or treated adversely in any way. An employee may also refuse to take part in unlawful conduct without retaliation from the employer.
Several laws apply to whistleblowers in California, including the Whistleblower Protection Act, False Claims Act, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act. These laws apply to all employees of public agencies and private corporations in California.
Additionally, California has whistleblower protection laws that apply specifically to health care workers, such as nurses and physicians. They protect health care workers who report patient safety issues and fraud against Medicaid and Medicare insurance programs.
H2: How to File a Whistleblower Complaint
You may file a whistleblower complaint online, via fax, telephone, or in person. Many complaints are filed through the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
There are deadlines for filing a whistleblower complaint depending on which law you are protected under. It’s important to consult with a whistleblowing attorney to make sure you meet necessary deadlines and submit all appropriate information with your complaint.
After you submit a whistleblower complaint, you will be contacted by a government investigator who will interview you regarding the allegations. Your employer will also have an opportunity to provide documents and information to the investigator.
The parties involved in the whistleblower claim may settle a retaliation complaint through an Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) program.
At the end of the investigation, the investigator will produce an opinion about whether the evidence supports a violation of the law. If you disagree with the findings, you may object and have your case heard by an administrative law judge.
A Los Angeles Whistleblower Lawyer Will Stand by Your Side
When you go up against your employer, you need a strong legal team on your side. Setyan Law can make sure your rights are protected and your employer doesn’t take advantage of you. We have handled hundreds of employment law cases just like yours. A Los Angeles employment lawyer can answer your questions.
For answers to all of your questions about whistleblower law in California, call our Los Angeles whistleblower attorneys at Setyan Law at (213) 618-3655. No fee unless we win.
How an Employment Attorney in Los Angeles Can Help You
Employment disputes are about more than winning. They often involve your livelihood and can impact your entire life. Setyan Law has a team of legal professionals and discrimination lawyers in Los Angeles, CA, Pasadena, CA, and Glendale, CA.
We will review your case, gather evidence to support your claims, and fight for you to get the justice you deserve.
Please feel free to call us for a free consultation about your rights.