Whistleblower Discovery Rights: Avoid the Pitfalls and Secure Adequate Evidence

After a lawsuit is filed (and in many cases, before), you and your legal team should be creating a "to do" list of critical documents to demand from the defendant employer. These types of documents are valuable regardless of whether you are suing for retaliation under the Federal False Claims Act or the California Labo...

Healthcare Workers protection for whistle blowers

There are many whistle blower laws in California (see Labor Code 1102.5, the grandfather of them all), but a specific one for all California health care workers (including doctors) to know about is Health and Safety Code Section 1278.5. This protects anyone who reports issues with patient stafety. It prohbits any healt...

California employee rights expanded to include on-site employer

Employee rights in California have not always been clear about when an on-site employer (or customer of a contract/temp agency) is liable to you for unpaid wages or unsafe working conditions. When your temp agency underpays you (say denies you overtime because "it wasn't in our agreement with your on-site employer"), c...

Whistle Blower Lawsuits Explained

As California whistle blower attorneys with offices in ten major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County, we are intimately familiar with prosecuting federal and state false claims on behalf of our employee clients. Here's a brief Q and A of our major legal weapon, the Federal False Claims Act. ...

Intentional Misconduct May not be a workman’s compensation claim

As California's leading employment law firm representing plaintiff-employees, we've heard just about every workplace horror story there is. Many times, the employer will attempt to shield itself from liability by claiming that the act of retaliation in response to whistle blowing or other acts by the employee is pre-em...

UPDATE – Retired Proctor & Gamble CEO Vows to End Whistleblower Retaliation at VA.

              Robert MacDonald was sworn into office as the 8th Secretary of Veteran's Affairs just over a week ago, and already he has announced changes that will hopefully bring the flailing, failing agency in line with its mission: "To fulfill President ...

San Diego Gas & Electric Ordered to Pay $1.3 Million in Punitive Damages

David Bryant was a long time employee for San Diego Gas & Electric. Over the course of his career there he rose to the level of a billing supervisor. In that position, he was uniquely poised to notice what he deemed to be an unethical practice that was adopted by the utility some time in 2008. According to B...

Whistle Blower Retaliation Awards for Punitive Damages

A FLordia resident received what is probably the highest damage award in history against R.J.Reynolds Tobacco Comkpany. The verict was 23.6 Billion (with a B!), based on "only" $17 Million compensatory losses. Punitive damages are available under California State Law (Civil Code 3294, 3295) when an "officer, director o...