When California employees see some form of wrongdoing in the workplace, they may be scared to speak up and tell someone. This may be because they are afraid of losing their job. Nevertheless, there are certain laws and regulations that are in place to hold employers accountable when they violate employee rights.
A man from another state has filed a lawsuit against his former employer for wrongful termination. He alleges that he was terminated from his position at a mine after he spoke with state inspectors. Apparently, the discussion with the inspectors concerned hazardous blasting practices that the company and its employees were using at the mine site.
The man says he was dismissed from work on Oct. 21, 2014. The company indicated that he had violated public policy. He claims that his employer called him a snitch for causing the employer to be questioned by investigators for a state regulatory agency. Supposedly, a seismograph had been tampered with, and the man says that he witnessed other unlawful practices being implemented at work. He is seeking a judgment for monetary damages, including mental anguish, distress and loss of income; he also seeks reinstatement to his former employment position.
Any employee who believes his or her employee rights have been violated has the right to take action by filing a complaint. In addition to filing a complaint with the California Occupational Safety and Health Administration, other legal remedies may be available. With the right guidance and support, one may be able to get his or her job back and/or achieve an award of monetary damages for the harm inflicted due to a wrongful termination.
Source: wvrecord.com, "Mine whistleblower alleges wrongful termination", Carol Ostrow, June 18, 2015