What Is The Whistleblower Act?
A situation may arise where you notice a violation of a law or a danger to public safety taking place at your workplace. You may be afraid of reporting this to the authorities because you fear retaliation from your employer. You may fear the harassment you may face, worry that you would be passed over for any future promotions, or fear that you may even lose your job. Employees are protected from these types of practices under whistleblower laws.
Specifically, the Whistleblower Protection Act was established in 1989 to protect employees of the federal government. It stated that if they noticed any violations of laws, gross waste of funds or resources, abuses of power or dangerous practices, they would be protected should they file a complaint. Any retaliation against them based on the fact that they alerted authorities would be considered an offense of this federal law.
In the private sector, these laws have become quite complicated due to the fact that they are different in every state. The length of time in which employees are allowed to file a complaint regarding retaliation and who the complaint must be filed with varies by state. However, one thing remains the same. If they report any instances of discrimination based on gender, religion, race or age, it is illegal for them to be retaliated against by their employer.
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If you have been the victim of any type of retaliation after filing a complaint, you could be entitled to file a lawsuit against your employer. In order to ensure that your rights are protected, you should contact an employment lawyer from our team. We have years of experience in upholding employee rights under employment law and will work tirelessly to uphold your best interests. With millions of dollars recovered for our clients, you can have peace of mind knowing that a strong legal representative is on your side fighting for your rights. This type of discrimination in the workplace should not be tolerated, and we will do everything in our power to see that you receive justice.