Calif. Court Reopens Social Services Whistleblower Suit

Law360, Washington (October 22, 2013, 10:04 PM EDT) -- A California appeals court revived a whistleblower's suit alleging retaliation by the state Department of Social Services, ruling Tuesday that California’s Whistleblower Protection Act does not strictly require a WPA claim to be filed with the relevant agency before bringing suit.

In a published opinion, the California Court of Appeal ruled that the trial court had improperly granted a demurrer to the department for plaintiff Ruby Cornejo’s alleged failure to comply with the state’s Government Claims Act, which has a “presentation procedure” where claims for damages...
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