Every year, an unacceptable number of employers fire their employees illegally. There are a number of examples of wrongful discharge, such as someone being fired because of unlawful discrimination. However, in Palo Alto, and across the state of California, whistleblowers who exercise their rights and come forward after dealing with unsafe working conditions or other serious issues may also experience reprisal. For example, they may have to deal with wrongful termination and other forms of retaliation that violate employment law (pay cuts, threats, denial of benefits, etc.).
It is very important for whistleblowers who have been wrongfully discharged to understand their rights and take action immediately. People who are in this position may want to consider talking to a knowledgeable attorney for a better understanding of their legal options and may also want to look into filing a complaint. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration provides helpful information for whistleblowers who decide to file complaints after being illegally fired from their job. According to OSHA, when an employee's contract is terminated because they stood up for their rights granted by the OSH Act, they have to file their complaint no more than 30 days after the purported retaliation, which highlights how essential it is to address wrongful termination right away. After filing a complaint, whistleblowers will be interviewed by OSHA and if the claim is approved, their employers will be asked to give them their job, benefits and earnings back.