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What is whistleblower protection in California?

When an employer is engaging in unlawful acts, not only do employees not have to go along with it, but these same employees can also take action by reporting the violations. Depending on the specifics of the unlawful acts, those who “blew the whistle” by reporting the illegal activities, may be able to receive a portion of any recovered funds.

Sections of the California Labor Code oversee whistleblower policies in the state. These policies go into further detail on what a whistleblower is and what type of protection is offered to whistleblowers. When an employer is engaging in unlawful acts, not only do employees not have to go along with it, but these same employees can also take action by reporting the violations. Depending on the specifics of the unlawful acts, those who “blew the whistle” by reporting the illegal activities, may be able to receive a portion of any recovered funds.

Sections of the California Labor Code oversee whistleblower policies in the state. These policies go into further detail on what a whistleblower is and what type of protection is offered to whistleblowers.

According to code, a whistleblower is an employee who informs another party — a government entity, law enforcement or someone who has authority to investigate — of illegal practices, violations or noncompliance issues at their place of employment.

To better understand this, an example of who a whistleblower would be a nurse who knows that her employer is participating in Medicare fraud by charging for services that were not really rendered. If this nurse were to report the illegal activities, she would be considered the whistleblower. If funds were recovered by her reporting this financial abuse, she could end up receiving a portion of those funds.

When it comes to reporting illegal activities though, many are hesitant. It is common to worry about being fired or retaliation for reporting the information. However, know that there are policies in place to protect whistleblowers from retaliation. An attorney can explain more about these protections and what next steps can be taken if it is suspected that retaliation took place.