Whistleblowers in California and across the nation are often under great pressure to keep their revelations secret; however, this does not mean that they lack legal protection. A recent case involving an employee who exposed an unsafe and inefficient asbestos removal operation in New York is a good example that may encourage whistleblowers to act.
On May 16, the former president of the ad agency RAPP USA, filed a lawsuit against the company claiming that he was fired because he complained about the behavior of the company's global CEO. This is the second high-profile lawsuit filed in regards to an ad agency's alleged discrimination in just a few months.
A California man is suing Trader Joe's for failure to prevent sexual harassment, sexual harassment, wrongful termination, negligence and retaliation. According to him, he was embarrassed after being given a sex toy at a 2014 work Christmas party.
A recent wrongful termination case may interest Californians. The case, which occurred in Boston, involved a legally blind barber who was fired from his job. Reportedly, a jury returned a verdict awarding the man $75,000 for lost wages and an additional $25,000 for emotional distress.
Depending on who you root for, the kickoff game of the 2015 NFL season had more drama after the game than a WWE championship match. The drama of whether the New England Patriots had anything to do with interrupting communications between the Pittsburgh Steelers coaching staff is enough to keep fans questioning the reigning champs until the next Super Bowl.
As an employee who depends on medicinal marijuana to deal with chronic pain or other physical maladies, you may believe that your employer may be prohibited from terminating you based on your use alone, or because of a positive drug test. While being fired because of this may seem unfair, the law may not be in your favor.
Being fired from a job can be emotionally traumatizing. After all, someone deciding that you are not important enough to work in a particular job, or that your skills are not worthy of being employed can be emotionally devastating. However, a firing could be just the culmination of a personality conflict; and in some circumstances, it could be liberating.
California employers have a lot of power over their employees. From telling their employees what time they have to be at work to what employees must wear and how often they can take breaks, employers control many aspects of a person's life. Employers also have a great deal of control when it comes to terminating an employee. Employers can fire a person for almost any reason, and for no reason at all.
A person's life is usually not defined by their job. People have their family, their friends, their hobbies and other things to fill their lives. However, a person's job is often an important part of the individual's life. A job not only helps people to pay for their living expenses, but it is also something that a lot of people take pride in.
In a previous post on this blog, it was explained that California employees that act as whistleblowers have certain protections. California laws protect employers that act as whistleblowers from facing retaliation in the workplace. These employment laws make it illegal for employers to terminate an employee for whistleblowing or for enacting any rules that would limit an employee's ability to act as a whistleblower.