Employees in the health care industry put their trust in their employers to do the right thing when it comes to patient treatment. Unfortunately, sometimes a company will prioritize profits over people, which can have disastrous consequences. Many health care workers want to hold their employers accountable when this kind of thing occurs, but they may fear being fired and having difficulty finding new employment. Recently, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation that will give additional protection to health care workers when it comes to retaliation and whistleblower claims.
The law will protect workers and patients who speak out against any company practices or incidents that endanger patients or employees. Workers who blow the whistle are protected from discrimination or retaliation if they make a formal complaint. Workers can go straight to the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health without worrying that hospital management needs to be involved.
The California Nurses Association praised the new legislation, saying it would allow nurses to provide the best care for patients possible. Advocates want to spread the word about the new law so that all employees in the health care industry understand their rights. They hope that employees will no longer fear retaliation and will feel comfortable speaking up if patient care is compromised.
Though this law is a positive step forward, other employees in other fields in California may not be so fortunate. No employee should have to fear punishment for doing the right thing. Anyone who has questions regarding retaliation and whistleblower claims can speak with an experienced employment law attorney. It may be the most effective way to hold an employer accountable.