It can be confusing to know what your rights are. Federal and California state employment laws are complex and they are always changing. Under California law, an employer may not fire an employee in retaliation for that employee engaging in whistle blowing, which generally consists of complaining about or reporting certain specified conduct that he or she reasonably perceives to be unlawful, fraudulent or unethical.
Any employee reporting illegal activity in the workplace is protected by the Conscientious Employee Protection Act (CEPA) and other federal laws designed to encourage the identification of illegal activity without fear of reprisals.
There are many ways that employers retaliate against employees. If you believe you have been retaliated against or fired for engaging in whistleblowing or refusing to participate in unlawful or unethical conduct, call our staff at (213) 805-5301 to screen your case and make an appointment with the appropriate attorney. Our firm also counsels individuals prior to termination and can assist with the negotiation of exit packages.
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In California, many claims require that you to file a complaint with the appropriate government agency prior to filing a lawsuit. For example, for claims related to age, disability or medical condition, requests for disability leave, gender, marital status, medical leave, national origin, pregnancy or related condition, race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or retaliation for reporting conduct reasonably believed to be illegal, including harassment or discrimination, you may likely need to file an initial complaint with the Department of Fair Employment and Housing (https://www.dfeh.ca.gov).
Similarly, if you work for a public agency, you may need to first file a California Government Tort Claim prior to filing a lawsuit. CLICK HERE> for more information if you were employed by a California public agency.
Please contact one of our wrongful termination lawyers to determine if you have a viable claim and need to file a prerequisite complaint with a government agency.