Employees are fired for different reasons every day in California, but if you were terminated after you blew the whistle, your boss may have been violating the law. It is your responsibility as a law-abiding citizen to report illegal behavior, yet some employers will have you fired if you report unlawful acts in the workplace. We at The Law Office of Jeffrey D. Fulton work to protect your rights in cases where you have been wrongfully terminated.
Workplacefairness.org claims that the California State Legislature has created a safety net for employees called statutory protections. This provision can protect you if you have reported or refused to participate in illegal activities in the workplace before losing your job. Other statutes contain provisions that are intended to prevent retaliation and federal laws can also provide additional protections.
The statutory protections also protect you from termination for refusing to participate in any illegal activity or disclosing information about illegal activity to someone in authority. If you suspect that someone is breaking state or federal laws and it is later found that he or she was not, you are still protected as long as you had reasonable cause to assume that the person was acting illegally.
There are also common law protections that are in place to protect employees who are discharged for the following reasons: exercising an action that is a constitutional privilege or right, performing a statutory obligation, reporting a statutory violation for the public benefit or refusing to violate a statute. To learn more about this topic, please visit our web page.