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A refresher on California whistleblower laws

What exactly is a whistleblower and what are their rights? Any employee who reports information regarding employer violations to an authority, or refuses to perform a duty that could be classified as a violation, is considered a whistleblower. Information disclosed can be about a violation of state or federal statutes, violation of state or federal regulations or rules, or reporting an unsafe work environment or practice. Violations may be reported to an authority such as a government agency, a law enforcement agency, a manager or supervisor in authority over you, or an employee who is in a position to investigate or correct a violation or noncompliance. Whistleblower information, such as possible violations in your workplace, can be reported by contacting the California State Attorney General's Whistleblower Hotline at 1-800-952-5225.

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