Some employers feel that they can do whatever they want in an at-will state like California since the threat of termination is always present. But just because employers can fire their workers at any time, they cannot fire their workers for an illegal reason. One such illegal reason that many employees may be concerned about is whistleblowing. Federal and state laws offer protection to employees for being fired in retaliation for whistleblowing.
Whistleblowing is the act of reporting illegal activity on the part of your employer, and no employee should be frightened to do this. Some companies think that they can buy the silence of their employees either through money or fear, but it is your right as an employee and your duty as a citizen to report any illegal activity to the proper authorities. You should know that you are protected in doing this.
It is important to note, however, that there are few absolutes when it comes to whistleblowing, so it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney who is familiar with employment law and employee rights in your state. A legal professional can help you understand the requirements (such as time limits or necessary documentation) to file a lawsuit against your employer if you were wrongfully terminated.
The benefits of a successful wrongful termination can vary depending on the severity of the illegal firing and the issues it caused in the employee’s life. You could simply have your job back or you could also receive a large sum of monetary compensation. Do not hesitate to contact an attorney to learn more about the possibilities of your wrongful termination lawsuit. You have rights, and you should not be afraid to use them.