Retaliation Against Healthcare Workers

Whistleblower Protection Laws for Healthcare Workers

Several federal and state regulations prevent employers from retaliating against workers who report employers activities that threaten public health and safety or violate the law. 

Other laws prohibit retaliation against workers who file complaints about their own working environments, including unsafe working conditions. 

Although the laws vary from state to state, anti-retaliation laws generally prohibit adverse actions such as termination, layoff, demotion, suspension, denial of benefits, reduction in pay, and discipline, when the adverse action is taken in retaliation for employees who report of unsafe or unlawful practices.  

California Labor Codes That Protect Your Rights: 

  • California Labor Code 6310 prohibits retaliation against employees for complaining about safety or health conditions or practices, and California Labor Code 6311 prohibits retaliation against employees for refusing to perform work if the work would constitute a violation of any occupational safety or health standard and where the violation would create a real and apparent hazard to the employee or his or her co-workers.  
  • California Labor Code Section 1102.5 prohibits retaliation against employees for disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency where the employee has cause to belief that the information discloses a violation of state or federal law.  
  • California Health and Safety Code Section 1278.5 prohibits health facilities from retaliating against employees or patients who file reports or initiate, participate in, or cooperate in government agency investigations and administrative proceedings relating to the quality of care, services, or conditions at an accredited health facility. 

Contact our Whistleblower Attorneys in California

If you believe that your rights as an employee have been violated in an illegal firing, we can help. We will make sure that you understand your rights as a worker and we will fight to defend those rights in and out of court.  

Call (415) 534-1911 or email us to schedule a free, confidential consultation.