Phillips and Cohen whistleblower partner Steve Hasegawa comments on a recent California Supreme Court decision for SHRM.
California workers who report violations of the law to their supervisors can qualify for whistleblower protections, even if the employer already knew about the violations, the California Supreme Court recently ruled.
The court “came to the common-sense conclusion that the Legislature meant what it said when it passed a law protecting people who tell their employers about corporate misconduct,” said Steve Hasegawa, an attorney with Phillips & Cohen in San Francisco. “There was nothing in the statute suggesting that whistleblower protections should depend upon whether the person who the whistleblower tells already knew of the misconduct.”
Read the entire article, “California Whistleblower Protections Apply to Tips Already Known by Employers,” SHRM, June 1, 2023.