Wrongful Termination, Whistleblower and Retaliation Lawyer in the Los Angeles Area
If you were the victim of an employment injustice, I can help
At the Law Office of Scott Ernest Wheeler, my nearly 15 years of experience and skilled staff help employees throughout Southern California and the surrounding areas to challenge unlawful employment practices.
Wrongful termination, whistleblowing and workplace retaliation are serious issues that employers must sometimes be forced to acknowledge and make right. Don’t let your voice go unheard.
My passion for this area of the law is personal. After a family member was wrongfully terminated, I dedicated myself to these issues to learn how the laws work and help others in need.
While employment in California is at-will — employers can terminate workers for any legal reason — employees do have inalienable rights. Employers cannot terminate, discriminate against, promote, assign jobs to or set wages of workers based on:
Additionally, employers must follow their own stated procedures and policies with regard to termination, and they cannot terminate workers for:
- Filing discrimination or safety claims
- Reasons not included in an employment contract (assuming one is in place)
- Refusing to break laws
- Taking leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act
If one or more of these circumstances apply to you, legal action levels the playing the field and stands to help you regain your financial footing.
Whistleblower and retaliation
The U.S. Occupational Health and Safety Administration administers 17 statutes that protect so-called whistleblowers from retaliation for exercising rights allowed under various acts including filing complaints with government agencies about workplace safety or health hazards. Other U.S. Department of Labor agencies that enforce anti-retaliation provisions are:
- Wage and Hour Division
- Employee Benefits Security Administration
- Mine Safety and Health Administration
Similar protections are afforded in California. Instances of workplace retaliation, also called Qui Tam actions, are investigated by the Retaliation Complaint Unit in the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement.
Get in touch so I can start helping
Although it may feel like it at times, you are not powerless as a current or former employee. California has strong laws in place to protect you, and I am ready to put my knowledge, experience and passion to work on your behalf.
Contact the Law Office of Scott Ernest Wheeler online or call 909.621.4988 to set up an appointment so we can help you recoup your losses and get back to work.