The California Labor Code’s Section 1102.5(b) whistleblower protections are not limited to the first employee reporting alleged misconduct, the California Court of Appeal has ruled, affirming a judgment in favor of a deputy sheriff on his whistleblower retaliation claim. Hager v. County of Los Angeles, No. B238277 (Cal. Ct. App. Aug. 19, 2014).
The Court further ruled the law applied to reports of misconduct of fellow employees. However, the Court reduced the employee’s back pay and front pay awards as unsupported by the evidence.
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