Whistle Blowing in Private Industry

If an employee (whistle blower) provides information about another employee's (executive management)embezzlement activities and that private employer treats the whistle blower differently than other employees during promotions and bonus payouts, would that be considered retaliation and have merits for a case?
Would it be different if it was a public traded company where there is SOX oversight and if there was an investigation by the US Attorney's office?

1 answer  |  asked Jul 7, 2010 10:18 PM [EST]  |  applies to California

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Elisa Ungerman
Probably not. There is no illegal activity because the courts have decided that "whistleblowing" internally about internal affairs of the private company is not actionable - so "discrimination' as a result of that conduct would not be illegal on that ground.

posted by Elisa Ungerman  |  Jul 8, 2010 10:19 AM [EST]

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