Pursuant to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), California employees with disabilities are protected from workplace discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. However, while the FEHA protects disabled employees all over the state of California, not all employees are aware of its coverage.
In order for employees to understand their rights under the FEHA, it is important to discuss the answers to frequently asked questions related to this state law.
On October 12, 2013, SB 496 was signed into law, which expands protections for whistleblower employees in California by amending California Labor Code Section 1102.5, California’s whistleblower protection statute. The amendment took effect on January 1, 2014.
Prior to its amendment, Section 1102.5 only protected employees from retaliation who reported violations of state or federal laws, rules, or regulations to government or enforcement agencies. SB 496 enhanced the protections of Section 1102.5 by protecting employees who report illegal activity to “a person with authority over the employee”or to another employee with the authority to “investigate, discover, or correct” the illegal activity. The amendment also protects employees who report illegal activities to any “public body conducting an investigation, hearing, or inquiry.”
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