In California it is illegal to fire, demote, refuse to promote, harass, discriminate or retaliate against an employee who is in a protected class, or whose conduct is within a protected category, which includes persons who “blow the whistle” on improper or illegal activities. An employee is considered a “whistle blower” when he or she informs the government or a law enforcement agency that their employer is breaking the law. In some cases it is not required that a Government agency be contacted; it is enough to advise the employer of illegalities. This is especially true of “unsafe working conditions”, see California Labor Code 6310-11, et seq.
For example, it is illegal for an employer to fire an employee who reports racial discrimination. Also, it would illegal to fire or demote an employee who testifies in a proceeding against the employer for racial discrimination. This would be the basis for a lawsuit under numerous state and federal laws.
Stephen Danz & Associates is California's largest statewide law firm that's dedicated to representing employees in disputes against their employers. Stephen Danz & Associates based in Los Angeles, California, protects clients from retaliation, discrimination, and harassment involving dismissal, demotion, or denial of accommodation based on age, race, sex, religion, color, sexual orientation, marital status, association, physical or mental disability, or other legally protected classifications. Additionally we represent employees in they have not been paid the proper wages including overtime or minimum wage or given the proper meal breaks. If you believe that you are the victim of discrimination or retaliation because you are a whistleblower, contact our Los Angeles office to setup your free consultation to discuss this matter with our lawyers. We take cases on a contingency basis and collect no attorney fees unless we win your case.