Does the DFEH investigate allegations about retaliation for complaining about unlawful activity at a business? I know they do with race and gender discrimination.
Is it common for employers to terminate employees who want to change the company and make it comply with the law?
Employment / Labor Attorney
The California Department of Fair Employment and Housing www.dfeh.ca.gov investigates claims of discrimination, harassment and retaliation based on race, color, religion, sex, sexual harassment, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin (including language use restrictions), ancestry, mental or physical disability including HIV and AIDS, medical condition (cancer and genetic characteristics), age (40 and above), requests for family leave, requests for pregnancy disability leave, and retaliation for reporting patient abuse in tax-supported institutions.
The only kind of whistleblowing DFEH investigates is a report of discrimination, harassment or retaliation in one of the above areas.
Whistleblowing may relate to many different laws and a wide variety of violations. For more information about whistleblowers and their rights, please see my Avvo guide: http://www.avvo.com/legal-guides/ugc/whistleblowers-and-their-rights?published=true.
Yes, unfortunately some employers will retaliate against an employee who wants to motivate the employer to comply with the law. It is for this reason that the federal and state legislatures enacted whistleblower protection laws.
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