Employment Lawyer CA

If you were fired from your job for reporting criminal activity or violations, it does not have to be the end of the story. The Law Offices of John L. Burris stands up for workers in wrongful termination litigation. Based in Oakland, we take cases in the San Francisco Bay Area, San Joaquin Valley and across Northern California.

Wrongful Termination or Constructive Discharge?
If you were fired for whistleblowing on illegal activity, contact employment rights lawyer John Burris at 510-839-5200.

John Burris is a proven civil rights trial attorney who has represented both private sector and government workers. Since opening his own practice in 1985, he has brought both individual claims and class actions in employment discrimination.

Wrongful Termination

You may have whistleblower protection and grounds for a lawsuit if your employer terminated you or retaliated for:

  • Reporting fraud or other criminal actions
  • Refusing to engage in criminal acts
  • Reporting (OSHA) safety violations or environmental abuses
  • Filing a discrimination or harassment claim
  • Filing a disability or workers’ compensation claim

Most employers are savvy enough not to fire a whistleblower outright. Commonly, a worker is suddenly cited for poor performance or insubordination. As the black marks accumulate in the personnel file, the employee may be passed over for raises and promotions, demoted or transferred, and eventually fired.

When John Burris and his team get involved, they are aggressive and focused in uncovering the truth. We will subpoena employee records and internal correspondence, and seek to interview co-workers, supervisors and executives to cut through the smokescreen.

If the employer’s retaliation made the workplace so hostile that you quit your job, you may still have a lawsuit for constructive discharge, with the same legal remedies as a wrongful termination claim.

Compensation for Standing Up to a Wrong

  • A fired worker may seek reinstatement, but most whistleblowers recognize they won’t be welcomed back.
  • Typical damages include back pay, front pay and benefits, emotional distress, job retraining, fines or punitive damages.
  • If you reported fraud involving federal contracts or federal funding, you may be eligible for aqui tam action — the government will cut you in on a percentage of any money they recover as compensation for your sacrifices.

Contact our CA office today to discuss the merits of your case and your legal options.