A whistleblower can also be a person who refuses to comply with a company policy that is a violation of Federal, state, or local law.
California Labor Code Section 1102.5 protects whistleblowers, both private and those working for Federal or State agencies from retaliation for revealing information referred to above or from failing to participate in activities that would violate federal, state, or local laws.
California Law encourages employees to reveal rather than conceal information that would violate laws regarding health and safety or public finances.
Taxpayer funds should be protected and Federal and California law go a long way toward protecting and rewarding whistleblowers.Types of Whistleblower Claims
There are many whistleblower statutes and rules concerning various industries and the following are just a summary of some of the types of whistleblower claims. The types of whistleblower cases that have been made recently include:
- off label marketing
- unnecessary or fraudulent medical billing
- selling defective equipment to the military
- Medi-Cal or Medicare overbilling
- selling substandard parts
- kickbacks for patient referrals
- nursing home drug contracts that were fraudulent
- medical or defense industry billing fraud
- billing for unnecessary blood tests
- excessive billing for dialysis patients
- billing for defective medical monitoring devices
- securities and financial fraud
If in doubt, feel free to call me anytime to see if you have an actionable case.What Do Whistleblowers Gain from Reporting Violations
If you report a whistleblower violation, and the violation results in a successful verdict or settlement by the Whistleblower attorney, the various whistleblower laws provide for between 10 and 30 percent recovery for the whistleblower.
Additionally, you are protected from retaliation from your employer. If the employer retaliates against you for whistleblowing, you would have an additional action for wrongful discharge as well as any recovery you may be entitled to as a whistleblower.
There are many large corporations in Sacramento and we are experienced in helping you if you have a situation with any of them.Sacramento Employment Lawyer
I’m Ed Smith, a Sacramento Employment Lawyer who can help with your whistleblower case. If you know of illegal activity that is in violation of law or a danger to the health and safety of your fellow employees, please call me today at 916.921.6400 or 800.404.5400 for free friendly advice.
Editor’s Note: This page has been updated for accuracy and relevancy [cha 10.9.20]