These days, businesses will do whatever it takes to gain a competitive edge. In order to save a few dollars, some employers will push the limits and may even violate established laws and regulations. Workers in California have a right to speak out against any immoral or illegal acts. Employees who report violations or illegal activities are protected by the Whistleblower Protection Act. Unfortunately, retaliation against those who blow the whistle is common.
Two female employees of a medical group in Los Angeles recently filed lawsuits after they were allegedly fired in retaliation for blowing the whistle on illegal actions. The two women allege that they were subjected to abusive and hostile behavior from a doctor with whom they worked. Allegedly, one woman experienced complications from a cosmetic surgery which required her to take a medical leave from work. Upon return, the woman claims she was harassed by the doctor for taking a leave from work.
The woman says she was verbally harassed and groped by the doctor on several occasions. According to the lawsuit, the woman filed complaints to her superior, who submitted the complaints to the corporate office, but nothing was done. The lawsuit claims that the woman was fired along with her superior not long after the harassment complaints were submitted.
Sadly, many illegal activities go unreported because workers fear that they will be subjected to retaliatory acts. However, whistleblower laws in California offer protection for all workers. Those who have experienced retaliation for reporting unethical or illegal activity in the workplace could benefit from discussions with an experienced employment law attorney. A successful lawsuit could result in substantial compensation and, if desired, reinstatement.