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Whistleblower protections cover more than just being fired

Last week, we discussed some points about whistleblowers and how they have important protections to ensure they aren't fired or retaliated against for speaking up. When employers ignore those protections, whistleblowers have the right to seek the protections afforded to them by these laws. We want to help California residents to understand their rights and learn their options when it comes to whistleblower protections.

People need to work, so some people choose to just look away when a company is involved in practices or incidents that violate certain laws. In those cases, the need to keep a job seems to outweigh the need to blow the proverbial whistle. We understand how scary it can be to report unlawful actions. We want to help you learn about the federal and state laws that help to keep you protected.

There are a few things whistleblowers should know about their protections that relate to whistleblowing. One of these is that the retaliation has to be something along the lines of a demotion, a pay cut, or termination that occurred after you reported the actions. You have to be able to demonstrate that you engaged in a protected action, such as filing a claim for Workers' Compensation or reported unlawful activities. Finally, you have to show the connection between the whistleblowing and the retaliation.

While those might seem like some difficult things to do, our experience with whistleblowing cases helps us to make this as easy as possible. If you think you have a claim for protections under whistleblower protections, let us help you understand your options.

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