CALIFORNIA STATE LABOR CODE
protecting workers' political rights
1101. No employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any rule,
regulation, or policy:
(a) Forbidding or preventing employees from engaging or participating in
politics or from becoming candidates for public office.
(b) Controlling or directing, or tending to control or direct the
political activities or affiliations of employees.
1102. No employer shall coerce or influence or attempt to coerce or
influence his employees through or by means of threat of discharge or loss
of employment to adopt or follow or refrain from adopting or following any
particular course or line of political action or political activity.
1102.5. (a) No employer shall make, adopt, or enforce any rule, regulation,
or policy preventing an employee from 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 violation or noncompliance with a state or federal regulation.
(b) No employer shall 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 violation or noncompliance with a state or
(c) This section shall not apply to rules, regulations, or policies which
implement, or to actions by employers against employees who violate, the
confidentiality of the lawyer-client privilege of Article 3 (commencing with
Section 950), the physician-patient privilege of Article 6 (commencing with
Section 990) of Chapter 4 of Division 8 of the Evidence Code, or trade
1103. Any employer who violates this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor
punishable, in the case of an individual, by imprisonment in the county jail
not to exceed one year or a fine of not to exceed $1,000 or both and, in the
case of a corporation, by a fine of not to exceed $5,000.
1104. In all prosecutions under this chapter, the employer is responsible
for the acts of his managers, officers, agents, and employees.
1105. Nothing in this chapter shall prevent the injured employee from
recovering damages from his employer for injury suffered through a violation
of this chapter.
1106. For purposes of Sections 1102.5, 1103, 1104, and 1105, "employee"
includes, but is not limited to, any individual employed by the state or any
subdivision thereof, any county, city, city and county, including any
charter city or county, and any school district, community college district,
municipal or public corporation, political subdivision, or the University of