Retaliation for Whistleblowing

What is whistleblowing?

Whistleblowing the act of exposing unlawful or unethical activity or practices within an organization. Whistleblowing can be done internally (for example, to a supervisor) or externally (for example, to a regulating agency).

Some examples of whistleblowing can include:

  • Complaining about unpaid wages
  • Complaining about unsafe work conditions
  • Complaining about other violations of law
  • Refusing the engage in unlawful conduct
  • Reporting (internally or externally) unlawful conduct

What is retaliation for whistleblowing?

Retaliation for whistleblowing is the unfair treatment of an employee for bringing attention to unlawful or unethical practices in the workplace. It can take many forms, including:

  • Decrease in hours
  • Decrease in projects/assignments
  • Demotion
  • Harassment

What should I do if I'm being retaliated against for whistleblowing?

If you are in California and are being treated unfairly as a result of having recently reported unlawful or unethical activity at work, please contact us! Your conversation will be protected by client/attorney privilege and any information you provide will be completely confidential. If you are outside of California, please consult an employment attorney in your area to discuss your situation and options.