Calif. High Court Greenlights Whistleblower Suit

Law360, New York (February 27, 2009, 12:00 AM EST) -- The California Whistleblower Protection Act doesn't require state workers to exhaust remedies with the State Personnel Board before seeking damages in court, the Supreme Court of California has determined, ruling that a whistleblowing state employee whose complaints of retaliation were rebuffed by the board can now sue her employer.

The high court's Thursday ruling reversed a decision from the California Court of Appeal for the Third District.

That appellate court had asserted that the law required the worker to appeal the board's adverse decision to an...
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