The law encourages responsible citizens to report illegal activity. Whether that means reporting your employer’s illegal activity directed towards you, or others, the law may protect you.
Stand up. Speak loudly and truthfully. And expect to be protected.
Numerous employment laws forbid retaliation. In general, when an employee complains about harassment or discrimination, these are forms of what the law calls “protected activity.” Filing a worker‘s compensation eta inn is also an example of protected activity. Certain complaints and/or reports of fraud or other illegal activity by an employer or member of management is another form of protected activity called “whistleblowing.“ If you have lost your job because you s poke up to your employer or a government agency about unlawful and/or unethical activity by an employer, we can help.
What is Retaliation
Simply stated, retaliation, in an employment context, means your employer takes negative action against you — from reducing your responsibilities, humiliating you, to wrongfully terminating you — for reporting the employer’s illegal acts.
It is unlawful for a covered employer to retaliate against an employee because the employee has engaged in any form of protected activity. While discrimination and harassment laws protect against unequal treatment, the retaliation and whistleblower protection laws protect certain forms of speech made by employees in good faith. Retaliation against an employee who has reported unlawful activity is against the law.
If you are a whistleblower who has spoken up about unlawful activity in the workplace and experienced retaliation as a result, we can help. If you need advice or just want to better understand the law or your rights, we will examine your situation and give you straight answers. Lawyers in the firm have a track record of success in these cases. If you have been fired in retaliation for speaking up, we can fight for justice on your behalf. Many times, we can obtain favorable, confidential settlements for clients with retaliation and/or whistleblower claims without the need for an expensive, stressful trial. However, if a lawsuit is necessary, we are not afraid to fight. Give us a call.
Not every employee may be a covered employee under the law. Talk to us. If we can help you, we will aggressively pursue an employer who has engaged in retaliatory behavior, or has wrongfully terminated your employment.