Whistleblower claims involve an employee who objects to an employer’s conduct that is unlawful, or violates a statute or regulation and then is subjected to an adverse employment action as a result of either complaining to the employer, or to an outside agency. Adverse actions include receiving a demotion, reduction in pay, or termination.
There are many types of whistleblower claims and a number of statutes that protect employees from retaliation. For instance, California Labor Code §1102.5 states that an employer may not retaliate against an employee for reporting or refusing to participate in an activity that would result in a violation of state or federal statutes or regulations. California Business & Professions Code §510 protects health care professionals against retaliation for advocating for appropriate health care for patients.