Picture this. Lately, you’ve noticed that your supervisor has been acting suspiciously. Later on, you find out they have been secretly embezzling funds to purchase luxury items. You report this to their boss, and your supervisor finds out you told on them.
According to California Labor Code Section 1102.5(b), an employer shouldn’t retaliate against an employee who divulges information about noncompliance or illegal activity. Unfortunately, some higher-ups don’t care about the law and would do everything possible to cover their tracks. Below are ways someone could get back at you.
They give you an unfair evaluation
Your track record has been excellent for years. Suddenly you’re getting write-ups out of nowhere for the smallest infractions like coughing during a meeting, being two minutes late for work and making a spelling error in an email.
Then one day, you find out your supervisor demoted you
Before, you worked as an assistant manager. Now, your supervisor has demoted you to an entry-level data entry position. Not only do you feel insulted, but you’re also humiliated that you’re doing the same work as the employees you once supervised.
Now that you’re a data entry worker, your pay is a fraction of what it used to be when you were a first-line manager. Plus, your supervisor is looking for more excuses to give you negative write-ups.
Afterward, the worst happens, and you receive a pink slip
This is the final straw. You’re fed up with being treated like this while your supervisor gets away with their crime. It’s time to take action.
No one deserves to be mistreated or fired from their job for doing the right thing. If someone’s hurting you to keep you quiet about illegal activities, please seek experienced legal guidance.