Whistleblower Protections for San Diego Employees
By Corey Hanrahan
In 1984, the California Legislature enacted Labor Code section 1102.5, known as the Whistleblower Protection Act. Section 1102.5 provides certain whistleblower protections to employees who disclose alleged wrongdoing in the workplace.
Employees are protected from retaliation for sharing information that the employee has reasonable cause to believe discloses a violation of state or federal statute, or of a local, state, or federal rule or regulation. The employee is protected if the report is made to any of the following: (1) a government agency; (2) a person with authority over the employee; (3) another employee who has authority to investigate, discover, or correct the violation; or (4) any public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry.
“…Employees are protected from retaliation for sharing information that the employee has reasonable cause to believe discloses a violation…“
Whistleblowers are often protected by the law against retaliation, and employers may be liable for such retaliation. The protections of the law against retaliation include protection from termination, demotion, harassment, or any other form of discrimination that could lead to a potentially negative impact on employment status.
Whistleblower protections are necessary because they provide a way for people to make complaints and report illegal activity without fear of retaliation. It is evident that whistleblower protections are essential in ensuring that employees feel safe to report misconduct without fear of retaliation. These protections help to create an accountable workplace culture, which is essential for the success of any organization.
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