All too often, when an employee complains about unlawful behavior by a supervisor, manager, or employer, it is the employee who is disciplined or fired in retaliation. Retaliation against employees for participation in "protected activities", including reporting wrongful conduct by an employer is unlawful. At the Bononi Law Group, LLP in Los Angeles, California, we have extensive experience advocating on behalf of individuals who have suffered employment retaliation and wrongful discharge.
Although the term "whistle blower" was originally used to describe an employee who reported illegal actions of a company or corporation that was defrauding the government, over time the definition has expanded to include any employee who reports corporate or business crimes, committed without the victim's knowledge. This type of action has the potential for resulting in adverse, retaliatory conduct targeted at the employee, by the employer who has been implicated for wrongful conduct.
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), enacted in March of 2010, the federal government extended whistleblower protections to those who report breakdowns in patient care, waste, abuse or fraud in health care.