California Whistleblower Protection Act

securities litigation, tortious interference, commercial litigation, civil litigation, contract litigation, qui tam litigation, whistleblower litigation, copyright, patent, trademark, storm damageA new California SB 496 would create an exception to the general procedure for a claim alleging a violation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act.  The California Whistleblower Protection Act bill would expand the definition of those who qualify as whistleblowers in a whistleblower lawsuit.
  • It also expands the pool of individuals who may be found liable for retaliation and the types of complaints that are covered.
  • Under California’s Labor Code, companies have always been prohibited from retaliating against employees who have disclosed, or may disclose, a violation of securities laws…
  • The California Whistleblower Protection Act prohibits acts of reprisal, retaliation, coercion, or similar acts against a state employee or an applicant for state employment who made a protected disclosure relating to an improper governmental activity, as defined
  • The State Civil Service Act requires the State Personnel Board to initiate a hearing or investigation of a complaint of reprisal or retaliation in violation of the California Whistleblower Protection Act within 10 working days and the executive officer of the board to complete the findings of the hearing or investigation within 60 working days
  • The State Civil Service Act authorizes the executive officer to consolidate a case with the same or similar allegations to those contained in an appeal and exempts consolidated cases from the time limits for hearings, investigations, and findings
  • This bill would modify these requirements to instead require the board to render its decision on the consolidated matter within 6 months of the date of the order of consolidation

During 2013, the Office of the Whistleblower received whistleblower submissions related to a whistleblower lawsuit from individuals in all fifty (50) states, including the District of Columbia, and the U S territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U S Virgin Islands.  The top five states in connection with whistleblower submission were California, New York, Florida, Texas and Illinois.  And, the information submitted by individual whistleblowers includes the following areas:

  1. Corporate Disclosures and Financials
  2. Offering Fraud
  3. Manipulation
  4. Insider Trading and FCPA Trading Pricing
  5. Unregistered Offerings
  6. Market Event
  7. Municipal Securities and Public Pension

If you have information about a scheme that is or has defrauded investors, we can help you submit this information anonymously to the appropriate authorities without the threat of any retaliatory actions by the employer.

For more on the Federal False Claims Act (qui Tam), follow this link FFCA/QUI TAM.


At the Gooch Law Firm, we pride ourselves on providing our clients reliable representation for even the most challenging cases. If you need help with providing whistleblower information anonymously for your whistleblower lawsuit (to the Department of Justice or The Office of the Whistleblower) about potential fraud (e.g., health care fraud, defense department contract fraud, mortgage fraud, securities fraud – governmental or non-governmental, contract fraud, investor fraud etc.) and would like your case evaluated, contact our office at 1.844.329.5955.