Retaliation For Reporting An Employer's Violation Of The Law Is Illegal

An employee has the right to report when his or her employer breaks the law. Employees should be able to report illegal conduct to management or to the government without fear of retaliation. An employer cannot fire an employee for reporting unlawful activity, or for refusing to break the law. An employer cannot discriminate against an employee for reporting unsafe working conditions. Whistleblowers are employees that reports illegal conduct or unsafe conditions by their employer. There are many different types of laws protecting employees from retaliation as whistleblowers.

Common whistleblower cases involve employee complaints about Labor Code violations, such as failure to pay wages, provide meal and rest breaks, or improper classification as independent contractors. Employees who report workplace health and safety violations are protected by Labor Code § 6310. Health & Safety Code § 1278.5 provides similar protection to health care workers. Labor Code § 1102.5 pertains to all forms of illegal conduct by employers.

The California False Claims Act and the writ of qui tam may allow an employee to be awarded a percentage of the recovery obtained from a lawsuit against his or her company.

At The Rutten Law Firm, APC in Los Angeles we understand how difficult it can be for employees to report their employers for unsafe or illegal acts. Companies must be held fully accountable under the law when they choose to retaliate against honest employees reporting unsafe or illegal corporate practices.

Contact us at (818) 308-6915. We welcome your call.  If you have suffered retaliation as a whistleblower, we can help you recover. If you believe that you have a qui tam claim, you need to speak with a qui tam attorney as soon as possible.

California Attorney Representing Clients Protected by Qui Tam and the False Claims Act

The writ of qui tam is a common law writ that allows an individual who has information about a company's illegal activities to bring a lawsuit on behalf of the United States and to receive part of any penalty that is imposed.

The False Claims Act is a federal law that is a more specific form of qui tam. Also called the "Lincoln Law," because of its origins during the Civil War, the act states that any company or organization is liable if it is guilty of fraud against the government. Individuals who are not affiliated with the government may file claims under the False Claims Act and may receive a portion of any damages that are recovered in the suit.

At The Rutten Law Firm, APC, our lawyers have assisted employees in whistleblower and qui tam claims and have successfully obtained compensation for our clients. We have the experience and legal knowledge necessary to provide the representation that your case deserves.

Contact The Rutten Law Firm, APC, in Southern California, Including San Fernando Valley to Discuss Fraud Claims

If you believe that your employer is violating state or federal laws and are worried about reporting the activity, you need to know that you have rights. If you have already reported or have threatened to report this activity, and believe that your employer has or is planning to retaliate against you, you need to protect yourself and your livelihood.

Contact us at The Rutten Law Firm, APC, and learn about your rights under California employment law. Call our California False Claims Act lawyer toll free at 818-308-5945 to schedule an appointment for a free initial consultation.