Hello and thank you for entrusting me to answer your question. I am very sorry to hear that you appear to be the subject of retaliation following your exposure of theft at your company.
Labor Code 1102.5 may very well provide protection to an employee in your circumstance. Specifically, it states: "An employer may not retaliate against an employee for disclosing information to a government or law enforcement agency, where the employee has reasonable cause to believe that the information discloses a violation of state or federal statute, or a violation or noncompliance with a state or federal rule or regulation.
If you exposed a large-scale theft, your actions would typically be protected by the above-referenced law. The challenge would be in correlating the adverse emplmoyment action you are now experiencing with your report of the unlawful conduct. Given the close temporal proximity of your discipline and your whistleblowing, a strong presumption will arise that they are connected, especially if you were not being frequently disciplined prior to uncovering the theft.
At this point the employment action taken against you is minimal and has not resulted in substantial damage. If you are fired, which is where this appears it may be leading, then an individual in your circumstance would have a cause of action for wrongful termination as a whistle blower. At that point in time, it would be extremely wise to contact a local employment law attorney for representation in a claim against your employer.
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