Calif. Justices Deny University Whistleblowers' Claims

Law360 (August 1, 2008, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Whistleblowing employees at the University of California are entitled to damages for retaliation only if the university fails to promptly and thoroughly hear their complaints, the Supreme Court of California ruled Thursday.

Justice Joyce Kennard's majority opinion said that two computer scientists who complained about deficiencies in a nuclear-weapons safety study couldn't receive damages because they had already filed complaints with the University of California that were then thoroughly investigated and decided.

Affirming an appellate court's decision, Justice Kennard wrote that the California Whistleblower Protection Act...
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