Whistleblowers must be protected from retaliation. After employees speak out for what's right, the law does not allow employers to fire them or punish them in any other way. If you have been punished for being a whistleblower, you need an experienced employment law attorney on your side.
Attorney Michael E. Adams has spent more than 35 years helping employees with a variety of issues, including whistleblower claims. In a free phone consultation, he can help you figure out your legal options. The Law Offices of Michael E. Adams is located in Redwood City and serves much of the California Bay Area, including San Jose, Fremont, Hayward, and other areas of San Mateo County, Alameda County, and Santa Clara County. Contact us.
Under California law, whistle blowing is simply exposing your company's wrongdoing in some fashion. It can involve bringing to light either you or someone else being victimized. After you do so, you are a protected employee and can not be punished for your honesty.
Within employment law, whistle blowing is a subset of wrongful discharge, but does not need to involve someone being fired. It can also involve demotions, being assigned menial tasks, or any other form of retaliation.
You can qualify as a whistleblower by going to an outside agency such as OSHA and complaining that an employer has engaged in illegal activity, safety violations, discrimination, or other offenses. Or you could complain within the supervisory chain in your own company or go to your human resources department.
Mr. Adams is experienced in whistleblower cases. He handled a free speech retaliation case in which a fireman spoke out on safety issues that embarrassed the administration, who in retaliation reassigned him to menial tasks and subjected him to groundless discipline.
After litigating in federal court and successfully obtaining appellate reversal of an adverse trial court ruling, Mr. Adams obtained a substantial settlement for his client on the eve of trial.
To speak with a lawyer who can answer your questions about being a whistleblower, contact us and set up a free initial telephone consultation with Michael Adams. For your convenience, evening and weekend office hours may be arranged. Fee arrangements are either on a contingency, hybrid, or hourly basis.
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