Jump to Navigation

A whistleblower's rights and protections

California employees who notice wrongdoings in their workplace may be tempted to become a whistleblower in order to call attention to the issues at hand. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, provides protection for those people so they do not have to fear backlash from employers for calling them out. Additionally, whistleblowers have rights to keep them protected, as well.

According to OSHA, employer retaliation against an employee for their participation in whistleblowing can give an employee the right to file a complaint with OSHA against said employer. There are many different types of unfavorable actions that are considered reportable, and they can include:

  • Discipline
  • Benefit or promotion denial
  • Wage or hour reduction
  • Intimidation and threats
  • Firing or suspension
  • Blacklisting

In order to file a complaint, the employee must have reason to believe that these actions have been taken directly in response to their participation in whistleblowing. Once a complaint has been filed, OSHA will investigate and determine whether or not the action was a move of retaliation.

The National Whistleblower Center highlights that there are actually many different whistleblower protection programs out there. In fact, certain cases may even fall under the protection of multiple programs at the same time. It should be kept in mind that there are often time limits in regard to a window of action, so the protections offered and even the problems reported may not be valid if they don't fall within the legal frame of time.

One should also understand that whistleblower laws and protections can differ from state to state. Anyone planning on whistleblowing should thoroughly investigate the protections that they have in California before taking any actions.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Subscribe To This Blog's Feed
Main Office Los Angeles County 800-461-0268 Inland Empire Orange County Office 800-461-0268
Contact Sacks & Zolonz

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information
disclaimer.

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.

close
Office Locations

Main Office
LOS ANGELES COUNTY

400 Corporate Pointe
Suite 800
Culver City, CA 90230
Phone: 800-461-0268
Fax: 310-216-9552
E-mail Us | Map & Directions

Inland Empire &
ORANGE COUNTY OFFICES

638 North Eckhoff Street
St. Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 800-461-0268
Fax: 909-476-2131
E-mail Us | Map & Directions

Rancho Cucamonga &
Workers Compensation Office

9513 Business Center Drive, Suite H
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
Phone: 800-461-0268
Fax: 909-476-1333
E-mail Us | Map & Directions