December 17, 2012, by
Arthur A. Hartinger,
The California Labor Code protects whistleblowers by prohibiting employers from retaliating against an employee "for refusing to participate in an activity that would result in a violation of state or federal statute, or a violation or noncompliance with a state or federal rule or regulation." Cal. Labor Code § 1102.5(c).
In Edgerly v. City of Oakland (Alameda Super. Ct. No. RG09461220), the former City Administrator of Oakland, Deborah Edgerly, asserted she was wrongfully terminated as a whistleblower for her refusal to violate the City's Charter, Municipal Code, and civil service rules and resolutions. Edgerly allegedly questioned and sometimes denied numerous requests that came to her from the Mayor's office, including requests for reimbursement, and to approve contracts in excess of the Mayor's authority. She alleged that she was terminated by the Mayor as a result.