Cardenas v. M. Fanaian, D.D.S., Inc.Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed suit against defendant and Dr. Fanaian seeking to recover compensatory damages for retaliation in violation of Labor Code section 1102.5 and wrongful termination in violation of public policy under Tameny v. Atlantic Richfield Co. Plaintiff was terminated after reporting to the Police Department that a coworker may have stolen her wedding ring at her workplace. The jury found in favor of plaintiff on both causes of action and the trial court entered judgment on the verdict against defendant. The court held that the plain and unambiguous language of section 1102.5(b) creates a cause of action for damages against an employer who retaliates against an employee for reporting to law enforcement a theft of her property at the workplace. Accordingly, the court affirmed the judgment of the trial court.