How doI report the theft and selling of company property by co-workers without losing my job?

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How doI report the theft and selling of company property by co-workers without losing my job?

My supervisor has been stealing company wood pallets and selling them for personal profit for the last 3 months and another co-worker has been stealing and selling company cardboard for personal profit for the same amount of time. There are only 4 of us working in this warehouse; our main company and personnel are in another state so there is no other supervision here. I don’t want to lose my job but this is illegal.

Asked on August 18, 2011 California

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In California an employee cannot be fired in retaliation for "whistle blowing" or reporting  perceived illegal activities at work. by his or her employer. You need to contact your company's human resources department presumably out of state and request a telephonic meeting assuming your company has such a department to discuss your concerns about illegal activities at work.

If you do not have a human resources department, you need to have a telephonic meeting with someone with your company located in the other state about what you have observed. After you have this meeting, follow up with a confirming e mail to this person keeping a copy of it for future need.

Good luck. I'd like to have an employee like you in my office.


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