California Whistleblower Resources
Our Los Angeles Whistleblower Attorneys Share Important Resources for Workers
Workers have the legal right to report their employers for unsafe work conditions or violations of local, state or federal laws. Whistleblowers play an important role in our society by helping ensure that businesses do not violate the law and harm workers. For this reason, our Los Angeles whistleblower attorneys wanted to share some helpful resources for workers.
Speak With an Attorney Before Filing a Whistleblower Complaint
Whistleblowers perform a very important public service. These brave individuals risk their jobs and reputations to shed light on activities that may harm the public. Federal and state laws provide legal protections for workers who want to report an employer’s illegal activities or misconduct. Despite these legal protections, employers may still attempt to retaliate against whistleblowers. In some cases, whistleblowers may experience demotions or job termination.
The whistleblower attorneys at Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C. can help if you want to explore legal options for reporting an employer’s illegal actions, misconduct or incompetence. Our attorneys can review your situation and help you determine your next steps.
It is crucial to give yourself the best possible protection if you plan to file a complaint against your employer. We can also help if your employer retaliated against you after filing a whistleblower complaint.
To schedule a free consultation with us, dial (310) 273-3180 or use the contact form on our site.
Using Our FAQ Page on Whistleblowing
In addition to the whistleblowing resources we have below, you can also learn much more about state and federal whistleblowing laws on our site. Be sure to check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ) section on whistleblowing. We explain the law and how to file a whistleblower complaint in California. You can also reach out to us with questions during a free initial consultation.
Whistleblower Complaints for Safety Violations
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) operates the Whistleblower Protection Program. You can access the Whistleblower Protection Program online.
If you want to report a violation of safety laws, you can file a whistleblower report with OSHA on its website. In addition, you also have the option of sending a report through the mail, email or by fax. It is also possible to file a whistleblower report via telephone or in person.
To file a whistleblower report by phone or in person, you must first locate your regional OSHA office. You would file the report with the appropriate office.
There are laws that allow workers to report their employers without fear of retaliation. You can find a listing of those laws on OSHA’s website. For more information on federal whistleblower laws or the requirements for filing a complaint, you can reach out to us for a free consultation.
California Resources for Whistleblowing
If you are a state employee or want to report a state agency for breaking the law or misconduct, then you can file a whistleblower complaint with the Auditor of the State of California’s Office. There are a couple of options for filing a complaint.
You can file the complaint by telephone by speaking with an employee at the Auditor of the State of California’s Office. The office generally takes calls Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.
You can also file the complaint via mail or fax. However, the auditor’s office does not accept whistleblower complaints by email. You can also file the complaint online using the auditor’s website.
Reporting Workplace Discrimination and Wage Violations
If you are reporting your employer for discrimination, harassment or retaliation, then you can file your claim with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing. There is a process for submitting the complaint and certain guidelines you will need to follow.
You can file wage complaints with the California Labor Commissioner. Wage complaints include allegations of employer underpayment (not paying the minimum wage) or nonpayment (not paying wages at all). The Labor Commissioner also investigations allegations of employee misclassification, such as when an employer incorrectly reports an employee as an independent contractor to avoid paying certain benefits.
Our Los Angeles whistleblower attorneys can help you with the complaint filing process. We offer free consultations explaining your potential options for filing a complaint or taking additional legal action.
Reporting Illegal Activities to Law Enforcement or Other Authorities
You can disclose suspected violations of state or federal laws to the authorities, including law enforcement. If you have reasonable cause to suspect a violation of the law, your employer cannot prevent you from reporting the alleged violation, nor can they retaliate even if the alleged action was legal. In addition, your employer cannot punish you for refusing to participate in an illegal activity.
Retaliation for Filing a Whistleblower Complaint
Whistleblowing comes with risks. Some of those risks may be obvious, while others may be less apparent right away. First, although whistleblowing is a legally protected right, your employer may still decide to retaliate against you for reporting wrongdoing to the authorities. Second, an employer may also try to harm your reputation if they decide to retaliate. Unfortunately, whistleblower retaliation is common.
Consider speaking with an attorney before beginning the whistleblowing process. An attorney can help you determine if your employer’s conduct warrants a whistleblower complaint and can help you take steps to protect your anonymity. If your employer retaliated against you for whistleblowing, then you may be able to pursue a claim against them for damages.
Contact Our Los Angeles Whistleblower Attorneys to Learn More
Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C. offers free initial consultations. If you have questions about whistleblowing or whistleblower retaliation, we can discuss your situation. To schedule a free consultation, call (310) 273-3180 or use the contact form on our site.