Calif. Whistleblower Law Shines Light On Complaint Process
By Erin Coe
Law360, San Diego (December 9, 2013, 10:49 PM EST) -- A new California law barring companies from retaliating against workers who internally report alleged legal violations is expected to trigger a rise in whistleblower retaliation claims against employers, but lawyers say companies can protect themselves from liability by following through on any complaints and keeping a key adage in mind: Don’t shoot the messenger.
S.B. 496, which is set to take effect Jan. 1, prohibits an employer from taking adverse action against workers because it believes they have complained or may complain about a violation of...