Whistleblowing has been a widespread phenomenon in California and Pasadena for centuries.
But it was Edward Snowden – arguably the most famous whistleblower in the U.S. history – who managed to breathe new life into whistleblowing cases across the nation.
After Snowden provided the media with top-secret NSA documents and faced an immediate backlash from authorities, lawmakers strengthened whistleblower law in 2014. But what does it mean for Pasadena public and private employees facing wrongful termination due to whistleblowing and complaining about illegal and wrongful activities, which take place in the workplace?
Unless you’re Snowden, it’s unlikely that your whistleblower case against some small business firm will thrust itself into the national spotlight. But does it mean you have fewer protections under the law?
Whistleblowing in Pasadena and US: Surprising facts
- Nearly half of all U.S. workers have witnessed wrongdoing in the workplace
- 65% of those who observed wrongdoing actually reported it
- Nearly a quarter (22%) of those who reported wrongdoing faced some sort of retaliation for whistleblowing
- Nearly half of those who witnessed wrongdoing say they never reported it due to fear of retaliation.
The ONE thing you should do immediately as a whistleblower
Whistleblowers are public or private employees who report wrongdoing or misconduct within an organization.
Types of misconduct vary from one whistleblower case to another, ranging from mismanagement and illegality to discrimination and corruption.
More often than not, federal and state laws protect whistleblowers against all forms of retaliation, such as wrongful termination. However, laws that protect employees can be complex to digest for someone who never studied law. That’s why it’s vital to consult an experienced Pasadena whistleblower attorney to determine whether or not you’ll be protected under the law for exposing misconduct in the workplace or seeking compensation for wrongful termination due to whistleblowing.
Call Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers at 310-527-6994 for a free initial consultation. We’ve won millions of dollars in verdicts for our clients in over 30 cases of wrongful termination. Claim your millions of dollars now – don’t let your former boss get away with it.
Are whistleblowers protected from wrongful termination in Pasadena?
Unlike many other states, California laws protect both public and private employees against wrongful termination and other forms of retaliation for whistleblowing.
In fact, California’s whistleblower law was strengthened in 2014 after the Snowden drama. That year, California enacted three additional laws. Although the pre-2014 laws already offered protections to whistleblowers who reported misconduct in the workplace, the new laws were greatly expanded and now allow whistleblowers to report not only to the police or a government official, but to “any public body,” such as the press. Also, the new 2014 California laws extended liability beyond the employer, and now include figures acting on behalf of the employer. Meaning: the employer can no longer hide behind the back of third party contractors.
More importantly, under the new California whistleblower law, employees who expose misconduct within an organization are entitled to compensation for any damages sustained by the retaliation.
Contact Rager & Yoon – Employment Lawyers to assess the full value of damage, including lost income, reinstatement costs, damaged reputation and more. Call our Pasadena whistleblower lawyer at 310-527-6994 for a free initial consultation.
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