Whistleblower Retaliation: What Are My Rights?

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Employees have a right to report illegal activity occurring in the workplace without facing repercussions from employers. If you want to report a violation, fraud, or corruption occurring in your company but fear retaliation from your employer, you should be aware of the employment laws that protect you.

What Is Whistleblower Retaliation?

Whistleblower retaliation occurs when an employee reports illegal activity occurring in the workplace, and the employer treats the worker unfairly due to it. Common examples of retaliation include:

  • Wrongful termination

  • Demotion

  • Failure to promote to a higher position (when warranted)

  • Denial of access to training or professional development

  • Dential of access to resources

California Whistleblower Retaliation Laws

According to Labor Code 1102.5 LC, California whistleblower retaliation laws protect employees who are retaliated against for reporting violations of the law. Employees have the right to file a lawsuit against their employers for damages. You may be entitled to lost wages and benefits, compensation for mental or physical suffering, and punitive damages. Punitive damages are granted when the court decides to punish the employer for their wrongdoing.


You should know that you are protected by the whistleblower protections of California Labor Code 1102.5 even if the investigation shows that your employer did not violate the law.

Seeking Legal Guidance

Employment law cases can be complicated and shouldn’t be handled alone. Our team at Polaris Law Group has recovered millions of dollars on behalf of our clients. Let our team guide you through the process to help you get the compensation you deserve. Filing a claim against your employer’s wrongdoing can also help prevent it from happening to another employee. Our team is here to help you from start to finish.

Contact our California employment law attorneys today at (888) 796-4010 to schedule a confidential consultation!

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