April 11, 2023
Employees in California have certain rights and protections when it comes to retaliation in the workplace. California’s False Claims Law is one such protection. This law protects employees who report illegal or fraudulent activity in their workplace and suffer retaliation as a result of their reporting.
Workplace retaliation can take many forms, from a reduction in pay or hours to termination of employment. If an employee is the victim of retaliation in the workplace after filing a complaint, California’s False Claims Law may provide an avenue to recover damages suffered.
What does this law entail?
California’s false claims law applies to any employee who makes a good faith complaint against their employer for illegal or fraudulent activity. This law also protects employees who cooperate in a government or judicial investigation related to illegal or fraudulent activities in their workplace.
It is important to note that California’s false claims law does not protect employees who make false or malicious claims. To be protected by this law, an employee must have a reasonable belief that the reported activities are illegal or fraudulent.
If an employee believes that she has been the victim of retaliation in the workplace after filing a complaint, she must file a complaint with the California Division of Labor Standards within a specified time frame. If unlawful retaliation is shown to have occurred, the employee may be entitled to recover lost wages, benefits, and other related damages.
In general, the California False Claims Law is an important tool to protect employees who report illegal or fraudulent activity in the workplace. If you believe you have been the victim of workplace retaliation after filing a complaint, it is important to speak with a California employee attorney to explore your legal options.