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Whistleblowers serve an important role in our society by helping hold their employers accountable when they break the law. Unfortunately, doing the right thing is not without risk – whistleblowers can face a variety of adverse consequences from their employers including being fired. Whether you are worried about your job or have already been terminated, a Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer can not only protect your rights but also help you figure out what to do next. 

California Law Protects Whistleblowers from Being Fired 

Both federal and state law protect whistleblowers from being terminated. Some of the California laws that protect whistleblowers include the following: 

  • Labor Code 1102.5 LC is California’s general whistleblower protection statute. It protects employees from being terminated for reporting violations of law or participating in an investigation. It also protects employees who reasonably believe there was a violation of law even if it turns out there was not.
  • The California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) prohibits employers from terminating employees who report or oppose FEHA violations including workplace harassment and discrimination
  • The California Whistleblower Protection Act protects state employees who report things such as violations of law, dangerous conditions that threaten the safety of employees or the public, or government action that involves gross misconduct, inefficiency, or incompetency. 
  • Labor Code 98.6 LC specifically protects employees who report labor violations such as wage and hour violations. 

There are other specific laws that prohibit retaliatory termination by employers. A Los Angeles wrongful termination lawyer will be able to identify the legal protections available to you if you have engaged in whistleblowing activity. 

When Whistleblowers Should Contact a Wrongful Termination Attorney

Many employees are hesitant to take action but are afraid to because they do not want to risk their jobs. If you believe your employer is engaged in unlawful or illegal activity, a skilled lawyer can help in the following ways: 

  • They can determine what legal protections are available
  • They can identify what steps you need to take the report the illegal conduct and what you need to protect yourself
  • They can immediately take legal action on your behalf if you are terminated as a result of your whistleblowing activity

Other employees do what they believe is right without considering the potential consequences. If you have already been terminated or termination is imminent, the sooner you contact a dedicated wrongful termination attorney, the sooner you can get the help you need. 

Are You a Whistleblower Who Has Been Fired? Talk to A Los Angeles Wrongful Termination Lawyer Today

If you have been wrongfully terminated for doing the right thing, you may be entitled to compensation for your lost wages and other financial losses, as well as damage to your reputation and the mental stress and anxiety you have suffered. You may even be able to get your job back. A dedicated lawyer from Attorneys for Employees can help you put your termination behind you. Contact us today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case and how we can help.