Employees who report or disclose, or threaten to report or disclose, unlawful practices by their employer are sometimes referred to as “whistleblowers.” California offers robust protections for whistleblowers.
Per California law, employers may not do the following:
- Make or enforce any rule, regulation, or policy that prevents an employee from disclosing information regarding legal violations or non-compliance.
- Retaliate against an employee for disclosing or threatening to disclose information regarding legal violations or non-compliance.
- Retaliating against an employee for refusing to participate in an activity which is illegal or not compliant with any laws, regulations, or ordinances.
The above prohibitions apply regardless of whether the employee is reasonably mistaken about the believed employer misconduct or whether the misconduct is actual.