Thursday, April 4, 2013

What California Employees Should Be Aware Of With Regard to Whistle Blowing

Some employers often engage in activities that don’t only incur legal consequences, but may also result in employees revealing such acts. As it is, exposing the wrongdoing of one of the high-ranking officials of a company is one of the most courageous acts that an individual, or an employee for that matter can do. More often than not, doing so is more of a conscious action to do what is right.

However, not all employees have the bravery to put up a brave effort to combat the illegal acts of their employers. One of the underlying reasons why they can’t put a stop on these is because of the fact that some employers are known for their notoriety in sanctioning them in retaliation for their actions; much more so if the issue at hand revolves around fraud.

Incidentally, if you are an employee working in a California workplace and you think your employer is engaging in a fraudulent activity, don’t let yourself be intimidated. You must know that your worker rights are protected, especially with regard to disclosing such information about your employer to a legal representative or the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH).

Protect Your Rights | Whistle-blowing Act

Meanwhile, here are some of the things that California employees like you should know when you have mustered enough courage to reveal your employer’s illegal activities:

·         When you file a case against your employer, not only are you protected under at least one statute. You may actually be protected under more than one, according to what the state law dictates.

·         Many nations have their own legislations that protect whistleblowers. In fact, the U.S. federal laws on whistleblowing claims call for the investigation and prevention of certain employer activities that are deemed illegal under international standards. Such laws also protect you from possible retaliatory acts from your employer.

·       The illegal act you expose in your claim would determine the type of legal protection, as well as its extent, that you may receive as a whistleblower.

Consulting with an experienced Los Angeles employment lawyer will help you become informed with regards to the laws that apply to your case. Having a legal representative by your side would help increase your chances of winning your case against your employer.

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