Reporting employer fraud or violations of civil rights laws does not make you a disloyal employee. It makes you a responsible citizen. Federal and state laws encourage “whistleblowers” who speak up when they witness wrongdoing.
At the California Civil Rights Law Group, we help protect employees who do the right thing. Our attorneys represent whistleblower workers in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California who have been terminated or otherwise mistreated in retaliation for reporting employer wrongdoing.
California Whistleblower Protection Act
The California Whistleblower Protection Act is a subsection of California Labor Code Section 1102.5, prohibiting retaliation against any worker who reports an employer for a possible violation of the law. A whistleblower report may regard a violation of state or federal wage and hour laws, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the California Fair Housing and Employment Act (FEHA), the federal Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) or any civil rights violation under the federal Civil Rights Act. The reported conduct does not have to be criminal in nature.
False Claims Act (“Qui Tam”)
The federal False Claims Act, also referred to as qui tam, encourages workers for reporting employer fraud in performance of a government contract. The contract can be with a municipal, state or federal agency. The fraud may be related to overbilling, underperformance, a violation of U.S. labor laws, bribes and kickbacks, or any other violation of the criminal code. The False Claim Act provides a reward to the reporting employee if the employer is found guilty in a court of law.
If you are being retaliated against you because you blew the whistle on your employer’s wrongdoing, contact us today. The attorneys and legal professionals at the California Civil Rights Law Group are committed to protecting whistleblowers from retaliation. From offices in San Anselmo and Oakland, our attorneys protect the civil rights of workers in the San Francisco Bay Area and throughout California.