California Expands Whistleblower Protections and Anti-Retaliation Provisions

by Sayema Hameed

In October 2013, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Senate Bill 666, Assembly Bill 263 and Senate Bill 496 to expand whistleblower protections and anti-retaliations provisions in California.  These three bills address whistleblowing, immigration status and claims regarding unpaid wages.  These bills also confirm that whistleblowers are not required to exhaust administrative remedies to pursue a civil cause of action for whistleblower retaliation.  These significant changes in the law took effect on January 1, 2014.