Another Multi-Million Dollar ($20 Million) Whistleblower Recovery Against Giant Wyndham Hotels and Resorts

We are proud to inform our readers that another whistleblower has succeeded in exposing violations at a large corporation.  This time it was a single mother taking on one of the largest time-share operators in the world.  After a four year fight that included repeated settlement negotiations and a jury trial, justice...

Sex/Gender Discrimination, Equal Pay Act Violations, and Retaliation against America’s Largest University System

A lawsuit filed this week against Cal State University, the largest university system in the United States, alleged that its athletic director, Mike Garrett (formerly the athletic director at USC), and the school violated California’s Fair Employment and Housing Act (“FEHA”) among others.  The Complaint lists vi...

Healthcare Fraud Update and Retaliation Protection In California

Not surprisingly, the headline-grabbing multi-million dollar settlements have certainly paved the way for health care practitioners, contractors, and employees to report unlawful activities, excessive medical care, improper submissions of claims for reimbursement, and even the withholding of funds after acknowledgment ...

California’s New Equal Pay Act and Protections Against Retaliation

Last week, California’s legislature cleared the way for a new bill that will ensure there’s equal compensation for women in the workplace.  Accordingly, Governor Jerry Brown has indicated he promptly sign the bill into law.  The new bill specifically prohibits employers from paying different wages to employees ba...

Percent of Retaliation Charges Filed w/ EEOC in 2014 Highest Ever

Keeping up with the trend of the last decade, retaliation charges continued to grow. In 2014, although workers filed the lowest number of discrimination charges with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the actual percent of charges that were retaliation-based were 42.8% which was the highest ever ...

Employees Who Witness Elder Abuse; Know What it is & Your Rights

Employees should know their rights when it comes to reporting elder abuse. With the number of baby-boomers on the rise, it is unfortunately inevitable that we will see the corresponding increased abuse of senior citizens. This "golden" generation is regrettably most susceptible to crime and neglect due to its acc...

2015 To Be Strongest for Retaliation and Whistleblower Claims

If 2014 is any indication, 2015 will be the strongest year yet for Whistleblower claims and retaliation protection.  Recent years showed an increase in government enforcement along with emergence of whistleblower and retaliation claims. With strengthened statutes and favorable case law, the landscape is ripe for...

Whistleblower forces TSA to admit mistakes

A case brought under the federal Whistleblower Protection Act has made its way to the US Supreme Court. TSA air mrshal Robert LacLean disclosed to a newspaper that flights from Las Vegas were not properly staffed with marshalls. He was fired for alleging compromising security by making this disclosure under a provisiio...

Whistle blower protection not limited to first person reporting violations

Whistle blower protection not limited to first person reporting violations In Hager vs County of Los Angeles, the issue was whether a subsequent reporter of illegal conduct could in fact claim whistle blower protection under California Labor Code 1102.5. A secondary issue under the Public Safety Officers Procedural ...

Health care worker entitled to a jury trial!

Health care worker entitled to a jury trial! We salute the court's decision in a recent case to allow a health care whistle blower allowing a whistle blower former employee of a health care facility to have a jury determine whether the provisions of Health and Safety Code Section 1278.5 were violated. Let's h...