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Detective awarded over $1m for whistleblower claim

Most employees in California are fortunate enough to be treated well by their employers. However, when an employer retaliates against an employee who witnesses wrongdoing, the worker may not know exactly how to resolve the situation. One detective from out of state was recently awarded over $1 million in connection with his whistleblower claim. This was after he alleged that state police punished him for contradicting the circumstances around the death of a deputy.

The detective was working in crash reconstruction and testified that a fatal crash that killed both a civilian and a deputy was the fault of the deputy. He claimed that the deputy was driving recklessly and traveling at a high rate of speed before the impact. He also said that state police changed reports to eliminate findings that the deputy was driving unsafely and include the blood-alcohol measurement of the civilian. That was despite the detective saying that the civilian's blood-alcohol content was not a factor in the crash.

The detective says that his superiors passed him over for a promotion and prevented him from advancing in his career path. The jury in the case sided with him and after the appeals process, the damages awarded totaled $1.29 million. The detective still works for his state police department and has said that he is looking forward to going on with his life.

No employee should have to fear doing the right thing. Those here in California who feel that they are being punished may want to pursue a whistleblower claim in order to hold their employers accountable. An attorney with extensive experience in employment law may be the best resource for those with questions.

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