Whistleblower retaliation is more common than many people realize. Many supervisors view reporting dangerous or illegal activities as disloyal and will demote or fire the reporting employee. Being a whistleblower is not an easy decision. There is sacrifice and risk that comes with it. That's why when you blow the whistle you want to know that you will be protected against retaliation.
There are federal and state laws, such as the Whistleblower Protection Act, which provide protection from whistleblower retaliation and give you the right to file a claim or lawsuit to enforce your rights.
Whistleblower retaliation occurs when you are discharged, demoted, suspended, threatened, intimidated, harassed, or subjected to a hostile work environment after engaging in a protected whistleblower activity.
The attorneys at Hoyer & Hicks have years of experience dealing with these types of cases. Contact us today for your free consultation.
Tolchin v. Bay Area Rapid Transit District
Alameda Superior Court, Case No. C-833314-4
A jury awarded substantial damages to our client, a Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) employee who suffered illegal retaliation for reporting waste and misuse of government funds.
Diaz v. County of Kern
Kern Superior Court, Case No. 1500-CV-265776
We sued a county medical center after our client, the Chief Financial Officer, was wrongfully terminated as the result of his complaints that the CEO was engaged in financial improprieties. The case settled before trial.
Siudzinski v. PG&E
San Francisco Superior Court, Case No. CGC-09-487576
We represented an employee who was demoted after he complained that the company’s practices were putting low income customers at risk of brain damage and other injury from carbon monoxide poisoning. The case settled and plaintiff was able to retire early.