The California Whistleblower Protection Act (the “Act”), which gives the California State Auditor the authority to receive and investigate complaints about improper governmental activities, also protects every state employee who files a complaint from suffering any retaliation by his or her state employer for having made the complaint.
The Whistleblower Protection Act forbids every state official and employee from retaliating or attempting to retaliate against any employee or applicant for employment who reports an improper activity. Retaliation includes intimidation, the denial of appointment or promotion, a threat of adverse action, a poor performance evaluation, involuntary transfer, or any form of disciplinary action.
The California State Auditor does not provide remedies for retaliation, as that responsibility has been assigned to other agencies. If you believe you are the victim of retaliation as a result of filing a complaint with the California State Auditor’s Office, you may obtain assistance from the following resources:
- If you are a state employee, you may report retaliation by contacting the State Personnel Board, in writing, at 801 Capitol Mall, MS53, Sacramento, CA 95814. For information about making a report call (916) 653-0799.
- If you are an employee of the University of California, you may report retaliation by contacting your human resources department or the designated official for the campus where the retaliation occurred. A list of designated officials may be found here.
- If you are an employee of the California State University, you may report retaliation by contacting the vice chancellor for human resources, in writing, at 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802. For information about making a report call (562) 951-4425.
The State has made a hotline available to any and all employees and state officials for their protection.
You may call our Whistleblower Hotline at (800) 952-5665 FREE to file a complaint by talking to one of the State Auditor’s employees. The hotline generally is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you call when the hotline is not being staffed, or staff is occupied with other calls, you may leave a voicemail message requesting a return call.
By Mail or Facsimile
You may file a complaint in the form of a letter to the State Auditor addressed as follows:
Investigations California State Auditor P.O. Box 1019 Sacramento, CA 95812
or you may fax the letter to the State Auditor at (916) 322-2603.
As an alternative, you may complete the electronic version of our complaint form, print it out, and return it by mail or facsimile as stated above.
Although we do not accept complaints by e-mail, you may file a complaint online.
Thew Federal Whistleblower act is defined here and protects Government employees https://www.fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R42727.pdf