Bay Area residents are aware that their local police and rescue dispatchers are an essential part of their community. Often the first people to become aware of a crime or emergency, these hardworking individuals are tasked with getting help to a victim as quickly as possible. It takes a good amount of training to provide this necessary service to any community, and one woman is now fighting what she feels was a wrongful termination on behalf of herself and other whistleblowers.
Retaliation against employees happens in every field—including the California law enforcement. Recently, an officer with the Long Beach Police Department reported that he experienced retaliation after raising issue with management practices. He claimed that his supervisors reassigned him to undesirable job duties and withdrew several of his workplace perks. Last week, a jury awarded the officer $2.5 million in damages for his suffering.
In every industry, whistleblowers are crucial to identifying and reporting wrongdoing or safety violations. The financial sector is no different. To ferret out securities fraud, the Security and Exchange Commission has a Whistleblower Program to assist informants who notice securities fraud. And 2018 has been the program’s most successful year yet. In the fiscal year 2018, the SEC received a record number of tips that allowed it to recover around $1.7 billion in monetary sanctions.
Nothing feels worse than being fired, especially if you feel like you have done nothing to deserve it. In some cases, employers fire employees illegally. These are cases of wrongful termination.
It takes a lot of courage for an employee to expose an employer who is engaging in illegal activity. Sadly, many employers will attempt to punish people for coming forward.
Speaking out against your employer can be terrifying. Last year, a doctor working for the Augusta State Medical Prison in Georgia spoke out against the horrific conditions inside the prison. He recently filed a lawsuit under the Georgia Whistleblower Act against the prison and the Georgia Department of Corrections for their acts of retaliation.
A former university vice chancellor in another state recently claimed that he wrongfully lost his job for calling attention to the school chancellor's luxury automobile, among other things. He has thus filed a whistleblower suit against the university as well as the chancellor himself. Whistleblowers in the Bay Area likewise have the right to file lawsuits if they are wrongfully terminated for speaking up about illegal or unethical goings-on in their companies.
Two individuals in another state recently came forward about Salvation Army managers who had allegedly stolen donations. These whistleblowers claimed that the managers then pocketed the earned profits. Afterward, the whistleblowers were reportedly punished for speaking up about the managers' alleged activity. Fortunately, any whistleblower in the Bay Area and elsewhere is protected under state law.
A public safety worker with a public school district in another state recently claimed that he was retaliated against in the workplace for speaking up about corruption in his department. He has therefore filed a whistleblower lawsuit against the organization. Whistleblowers in the Bay Area have the right to seek justice if demoted, terminated or otherwise retaliated against after reporting wrongdoing in their companies.
Sometimes, employees see conduct they know is unethical or illegal and feel obligated to speak up about it. Unfortunately, these whistleblowers may end up losing their jobs or facing other forms of punishment on the job for their actions. However, the law in California, which covers the Bay Area, protects these employees from retaliation.