Though most workplaces in California are welcoming when it comes to the concerns of employees, there are those companies that may discourage employees from speaking out. In extreme cases, there are some workplaces that will actively punish employees for attempting to call out bad practices at their companies. There are laws in place meant to protect employees from retaliation, but it still happens. This is what many employees allege about tech giant Google, which has come under fire for similar accusations in the past.
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.
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.
Maybe you’re a researcher in a medical laboratory, and are bothered by your knowledge that company principals are falsely reporting results to government agencies to receive grant money.