Retaliation and Whistleblower Protection
CPM is committed to protecting the rights of employees who have been unlawfully retaliated against by their employers. Federal, state and local laws generally bar employers from retaliating against workers for taking legally protected actions, including reporting an employer’s violation or potential violation of the law. In California, it is unlawful to terminate an employee in violation of public policy--so-called Tameny actions--which can include terminations for reporting potentially unlawful conduct.
Anti-retaliation laws may cover employees even if they report violations internally–that is, to their employer–rather than to law enforcement or another governmental body. (Visit CPM’s Whistleblower Practice page for details on protections available to employee whistleblowers under major state and federal laws.) Retaliation in the workplace may take many forms, including termination, demotion, pay cuts or disproportionate denial of raises, denial of monetary benefits, harassment or hostile work environment, or the issuance of threats.
CPM achieved a multimillion dollar recovery through a confidential settlement for an employee against a large insurance company after she was terminated for internally reporting the company’s tax evasion.
CPM achieved a multimillion dollar recovery through a confidential settlement for an employee against a large technology company after he was terminated for opposing the CEO’s discriminatory practices against women.
CPM achieved a six-figure recovery through a confidential settlement for an employee against a municipality after the employee was terminated for opposing the entity’s violations of the law.
CPM resolved a case confidentially on behalf of an employee terminated from a health care company for whistleblowing.
CPM obtained a favorable confidential settlement for an employee terminated for exercising rights protected under the California Labor Code.
- CPM Helps Former City Attorney, Randolph Hom, Begins Process for Multimillion Dollar Lawsuit for Unlawful Discharge Against City of Cupertino10.22.2018
- CPM client former city attorney files legal claim against Milpitas alleging he was fired out of retaliationSan Jose Mercury News, 2015