Growing up, we all heard that no one likes a tattletale. Typically, a tattletale told the adult in the room everything that some kid was doing. The kid may have been doing some naughty things, but mostly the adult just got tired of hearing this kid give them the play-by-play of someone’s behavior. The lesson we should have learned is to value what is at stake. Meaning, if a kid takes a toy, forget about it—not important. However, if the kid throws a plastic bag on another kid’s head, the stake is higher, and that’s when you tell an adult. Our professional whistleblower attorneys at The Kaufman Law Firm in Westlake Village know that you aren’t a tattletale. If you are providing information about your employer’s unethical behavior, it is a serious matter, and we are here to listen.
Due to the ever-present landscape of technology and recording, you would think companies would be less likely to commit errors, fraud, or crime. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Whistle-Blowers play a vital role in tracking the ethical nature of companies. But let’s be honest, when you are the one opening the door to all the unethical behavior, there is bound to be some retaliation. Is it right? no. Is there something you can do about it? Yes.
Everything is a business, including our health care. Some business owners are more stringent than others. The LA Times documented that Dr. Hugo Riffel, director of the OBGYN residency program, and Perinatal Medical Group was accused of “routinely charging Medi-Cal for deliveries by a doctor who was not present. The deliveries, the suit alleged, were performed by unsupervised medical residents.” Of course, the defendants denied any such wrongdoing, but they couldn’t clear their name enough because they opted to pay a settlement to stop litigation.
The person who brought forth the suit was a resident of Dr. Riffel’s residency program. She supposedly had first knowledge of the behavior described in the suit. Because of her bravery in coming forth with information, she will get 15-30% of the settlement. It is important that someone speak up because the result would be normal people overpaying for medical treatment and a possible increase in medical cost because it may look like an increasing demand.
Our whistleblower attorneys at The Kaufman Law Firm in Westlake Village understand that you may feel as if you are between a rock and a hard place. But we want you to know that you have rights too. You have the right to keep your job and you have the right to sue for retaliation or wrongful termination if you are fired from your job. We are here to listen and support you. You are doing a courageous thing by telling the truth. Your hardship will create positive changes in the work environment. Don’t hesitate to call. You can contact us for a consultation by clicking here or calling us at 818-990-1999
Your job is more than just a source of income. It is a major part of your lifestyle. If you have been the victim of wrongful termination, wrongful demotion or any kind of discriminatory business practices, it is time to take action and contact a Ventura employment law attorney that can help. Attorney Matthew A. Kaufman and the team at The Kaufman Law Firm bring experience and a vast arsenal of legal resources to help clients recover the money they deserve.
To learn more, contact our Westlake Village or Los Angeles law office today and schedule an initial consultation to discuss your case.