California has several employment laws that protect employees who report their employers for committing employment law violations or other violations of the law. Below are some of the laws that protect employees who report or otherwise cooperate with government authorities.
California Labor Code § 1102.5 states that employers cannot have a policy that prevents employees from disclosing information to a government agency or person with authority over the employee who is investigating a claim. Further, this code section prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who cooperate with an investigation or refused to engage in an activity the employee believes to be illegal.
California's Fair Pay Act, under Labor Code § 1197.5, prohibits an employer from retaliating against an employee who disclosed their wages to another employee, discussed their wages with another employee or encouraged another employee to exercise their rights pertaining to their wages.
California Labor Code § 6310, prohibits employers from retaliating against employees who:
Make a complaint about health and safety workplace conditions to the employer or a government agency;
Initiate or testify in a health and safety workplace related hearing; or
Refuse to work in an unsafe and unhealthy workplace.
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