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Experienced and Highly Capable Los Angeles Attorneys Protect Whistleblowers in California

Dedicated to protecting employee rights in the workplace

While California is a state that follows a doctrine of at-will employment— allowing employers or employees to terminate relationships without advance warning for almost any reason —   there are also laws that protect employees from being terminated after they exercise their rights. In fact, because employees often have inside knowledge about their employer, they are not only protected — but sometimes encouraged — to report wrongdoing.

Despite the law, employers sometimes dismiss or otherwise retaliate against employees who are whistleblowers. At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, we protect employees who exercise their rights and report illegal activity. With each attorney in the firm bringing nearly 20 years of knowledge and skills in negotiation, mediation and litigation to the table, we are fully dedicated to aggressively representing our clients. We ensure your reinstatement and receipt of other just compensation. We adeptly guide employees through a charge of whistleblowing and ensure the fewest possible repercussions.

Whistleblowers are protected by California state and federal laws

Under California state and federal laws, employers are prohibited from harassing or retaliating against an employee for reporting the following:

  • Unlawful acts or conditions
  • Fraud against the government
  • Waste
  • Abuse of authority
  • Violation of law
  • Threat to public health

Employees are also protected if they refuse to participate in unlawful acts or work in unsafe conditions.

Employees are protected from employer retaliation for all types of protected activities related to whistleblowing, including:

  • Initiating an investigation
  • Filing a complaint in-house or with a government office or agency
  • Testifying to whistleblowing activities
  • Assisting or participating in any investigation, trial or proceeding

When an employer does retaliate against the whistleblower, our Los Angeles attorneys at The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC assist victims in recovering all compensation to which they are entitled. These include:

  • Reinstatement after retaliatory termination
  • Payment of back wages
  • Reinstatement of employer benefits
  • Recovery of litigation costs and attorneys’ fees
  • Bestowment of whistleblower awards
  • Other applicable remedies

Types of whistleblowing activities

Employees are protected when they report or refuse to participate in all types of illegal practices and unlawful conduct, including:

  • Overbilling the government for goods or services
  • Billing for goods or services not provided
  • Making a false statement to avoid paying a debt to the government
  • Preparing a false record or false statement in order to get a fraudulent claim paid
  • Refusing to work in unsafe conditions or in the presence of Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) violations
  • Reporting other violations of a federal or state law, rule or regulation

When you suffer adverse employment actions for reporting your employer, seek the help of aggressive L.A. attorneys

At The Ruttenberg Law Firm, PC in Los Angeles, our lawyers are passionate about protecting the victims of unjust employment actions. Because our first dedication is to justice, we never charge attorneys’ fees until your case is resolved. To speak with an experienced lawyer today, contact us online or call (310) 979-7080 for a free initial consultation.