What are my rights if I being forced out of my job ealirer that I had planned because I’m veiwed as a potential whistleblower?

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What are my rights if I being forced out of my job ealirer that I had planned because I’m veiwed as a potential whistleblower?

I am currently working for a pharmaceutical company that I have been with for almost 5 years. I have told my supervisor on numerous occasions that I was looking for another job and she was okay with that as long as I gave her 2 weeks notice. A few weeks ago, I expressed my concern about the ethical conduct of the company, such as not being in compliance with the FDA and DEA. Soon after she told me that management made a decision to set a target date from me to leave. Can they just push me out the door like that? And without severance? Do I have any legal rights?

Asked on September 5, 2012 under Employment Labor Law, California

Answers:

Jerry Webb / The Webb Law Firm

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It appears you may have legal rights for whistlblowing or retaliation. The timing of your notice is suspect. However, until they take adverse action against you, such as terminating you,  you probably have no claim. You also may have difficulty with your damages since you planned to leave anyway. If your plan to leave had anything to do with their illegal activity that increases you chances of winning as well as damages you are entitled too. In that scenario your claim for damages such as loss of earnings is not affected by your planned  leave. Contact an attorney in your area now as more information is needed and you should plan your leaving the company with more legal advice.


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